Fire damages Weiser man’s car and home

Weiser City Fire Department was called to a truck on fire, pictured here, at unit 60 E in Pioneer Village Tuesday afternoon. The fire spread to the home and did substantial damage to two bedrooms and heavy smoke and heat damage to the rest of the home. A passerby spotted the fire and notified the homeowner, who said he had an engine heater plugged into the truck.

WEISER — A house fire damaged an elderly man’s home and vehicle Tuesday afternoon.

The residence caught fire at about 2:30 p.m. Tim Reynolds, battalion chief for Weiser Fire Department, said.

Upon arrival, the carport area and two bedrooms were engulfed, Reynolds stated.

To assist with putting out the fire, Weiser Rural Fire Department were called to the scene, and within 30 minutes the blaze had been put out, according to the battalion chief. It took another four and a half hours to mop up the fire.

After the investigation, it appeared the cause of fire was related to an engine heater being connected to the homeowner’s vehicle, which caused the fire to erupt at or near the car, Reynolds said.

The vehicle and two bedrooms were said to be a total loss, the rest of the home only appeared to have smoke damage.

No injuries were reported, and burnout funds have been used to temporarily place the homeowner in a hotel. The man also received a burnout kit, which includes items such as shampoo and a toothbrush. Those items are made possible by the residents of Weiser, Reynolds said.

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