Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Monday, May 19, 2008

05-19-08 Teen Charged with Arson

05-19-08 Teen Charged with Arson
      Boise, May 19, 2008 - 5:45 p.m. - Boise Police have charged a 13 year old boy with 1st degree Arson in connection with a fire that left three families homeless tonight.
 
      The teen is being charged as a juvenile and being placed in juvenile detention at this time. Further information on the identity of the juvenile is not available as juvenile records are protected under state law. 1st degree Arson under Idaho state code does indicate that investigators believe the arson was willful and intentional.
 
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Teen Being Questioned in Connection with 3 Alarm Fire
 
      Boise, May 19, 2008 - 4:36 pm - Boise Police and Boise Fire investigators are on scene after a three-alarm fire caused heavy damage to two houses on Hill Rd. this afternoon. As a result of the fire, three families are without homes tonight.
 
      Boise Police arson investigators are currently questioning a 13 year old boy in connection with the fire. Investigators believe the fire was started with matches. The boy being questioned was located by officers near the scene of the fire.
 
      Fire and police responders were called to the fire on the 3800 blk of Hill Rd. at 2:44 p.m. When Boise Fire crews arrived they found what appeared to be a shrub fire that had quickly spread to the attics of two nearby homes. One home is a tri-plex. Neither home is inhabitable tonight.
 
      Boise Fire Deputy Chief Dave Hanneman says because of the multiple structures involved, a third alarm was called to send additional firefighters. Despite a quick response, both homes suffered major damage. Chief Hanneman says the Boise Fire Burnout Fund and the local Red Cross are assisting the displaced families.
 
      "At this time, it appears matches were used to ignite this fire, which is a tragic illustration why fireworks and other types of fire are banned in our foothills," said Hanneman. "This fire started in the shrubs but quickly ignited other trees and brush and very quickly got into the attic of these foothills homes. The foothills are no place to be careless with fire."
 
      At this time, traffic is being routed around the fire scene at Hill and Whitehead. Hill Rd. is expected to be blocked for approx. 45 more minutes. Motorists are being encouraged to take alternate routes.