Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Monday, December 29, 2008

12-29-08 UPDATE: Fire Investigators on Scene of Apartment Fire

12-29-08 UPDATE: Fire Investigators on Scene of Apartment Fire
    UPDATE: Dec. 30, 2008 - Boise Police and Fire investigators are looking into the cause of three separate fires reported at a home in West Boise.

    At this time, investigators believe the fires were most likely human caused, but at this time, are not prepared to release an exact cause or connection between the fires.

    More information will be released when available.


Original Release:


   Boise, Dec. 29, 2008 - Boise Police and Fire Investigators are on scene of an apartment fire on the 2500 blk of S. Gatewood Lane in West Boise (NE of Victory & Cloverdale) trying to determine the cause of three separate fires all reported in the past 24 hours to the same address.
 
   Responding crews from the Boise Fire Department immediately called for investigators, recognizing this as the third fire call to the same address.
 
   "We don't know if or how the causes of these fires might be related. That's what the investigators will find out." said Battalion Chief J.D. Ellis of the Boise Fire Department. "Fortunately, our firefighters were able to respond quickly and keep the damage confined to the one unit. Thankfully, residents were also out of the units when firefighters arrived so no one was hurt."
 
   The unit involved is part of a four-plex. Today's fire resulted in damage to a upstairs bedroom. Two fires reported resulted in minor damage to the downstairs living area.
 
   Again, investigators are on scene trying to determine the cause of the fire. No cause or connection to either of the three fires has been determined.