Boise Police Department
News Release

William L. Bones
Chief of Police

Contact: BPD Media Relations Office


Monday, October 08, 2012

Cause of Fire is Suspicious

Boise, Oct. 8, 2012 - Boise Firefighters responded to a report of a structure fire at a thrift store in West Boise Sunday morning. The cause of the fire is being investigated as suspicious.

What Happened: Boise Firefighters were called at 2:47 a.m. Sunday morning, Oct. 7th after a passerby reported seeing smoke and fire coming from a structure on the corner of Auto Drive and W. Frankin Road. Firefighters were quickly able to put out the flames, however not before about a quarter of the structure was burned and the entire structure suffered smoke damage. During firefighting efforts, crews became concerned as a portion of the roof became unstable. Firefighters worked to protect themselves from the roof collapse as they worked to put out the fire.

Cause: Boise firefighters recognized the cause of the fire as suspicious. Boise Police investigators responded. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. 

Crime Stoppers: Investigating officers are searching for more information on how the fire may have started. Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS, or log onto, or text CRIMES or 274637, subject: Tip236. A citizen can remain anonymous. A reward of up to $1,000 is offered by Crime Stoppers for information leading to the arrest of criminal suspects.