Idaho News

Friday, April 16, 2021

House fire in Idaho Falls causes estimated $400,000 in damages

A house fire in the 2800 block of Agnes Street in Idaho Falls caused an estimated $400,000 in damages. The Idaho Falls/Bonneville County Dispatch Center said a caller shortly before midnight Thursday reported the garage appeared to be fully engulfed, and the fire was moving to the rest of the home. Occupants in the home evacuated safely prior to the arrival of fire personnel on scene. When firefighters arrived at the two-story home, they immediately began working to combat and contain the fire which was contained at 1:12 a.m. Fire crews and other first responders remained on scene until approximately 3:30 a.m. Officials said the fire appears to have started in the garage before moving to the attic and rapidly through other areas of the home. The home experienced significant damage and appears to be a complete loss with estimated damages of $400,000.
KIFI-TV ABC/CBS 8 Idaho Falls

Blaine County fires deemed human-caused

VIDEO: More than 40 firefighters responded to a human-caused fire in Hailey on Tuesday. Wood River Fire and Rescue initially took the call of a wildland fire on Black Feet Drive in Indian Creek. The department requested mutual aid from neighboring agencies, featuring Bellevue, Carey, Hailey, Ketchum, Sun Valley and NBFR. Plus, the BLM and Forest Service based in Twin Falls responded as well. The fire took nearly six hours to contain and control. The Blaine County Sheriff’s Office has taken a statement and more details should follow. Hailey Fire also responded to another wildland fire on Gannett Road. WRFR also had a concurrent wildland call south of Bellevue. BFD and HFD jumped into action and helped extinguish a small, unauthorized burn.
KMVT-TV CBS 11 Twin Falls

Follow-up: North Idaho man accused of fatal shooting that led to multi-vehicle crash in Kootenai County

A man from North Idaho was arrested on Thursday on suspicion of first-degree murder after an shooting led to a car crash on Highway 95, the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office said. The crash occurred on Tuesday, April 13 at around 1 p.m. According to the sheriff's office, Victor Claus was sitting in the passenger seat of a vehicle when he shot the driver, 45-year-old Melyssa Schloe, which caused her to lose control and swerve into oncoming traffic. Schloe was pronounced dead the scene. According to the sheriff’s office, the vehicle struck a motorcyclist and another vehicle. The motorcycle rider was not injured. The second vehicle ended up rolling after being hit. The driver, 64-year-old Colleen Watkins, was sent to Kootenai Health with injuries that were not life-threatening. Claus is currently in the Kootenai County Jail. His bond for the warrant was set at $1 million. A future court date has not been set.

Idaho students participate in fire safety project with state fire marshal

On Friday, April 9, 2021, the Idaho State Fire Marshal’s Office collaborated with Idaho students from the NASKCO Construction class in fire prevention project. NASKCO Construction High Schools (NASKCO makes up the first two letters in Nampa, Skyview, and Columbia) constructed a fire safety prop in the form of a miniature house for the State Fire Marshal’s Office to use for training purposes. Fire Plans Examiner Javier Cervantes, also a volunteer with the NASKCO Construction student program, asked the class if they would be interested in building training props for the State Fire Marshal’s Office. The class agreed and, in return, professionally trained firefighters demonstrated how the training props would be used to show the path of fire flow and ventilation. “It’s an awesome opportunity to have things like this happen to further educate the kids,” said NASKCO class instructor Bret Miller.
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Thursday, April 15, 2021

Idaho Mountain Search and Rescue takes to the ground and air to search for missing kids

VIDEO: Three missing children. All were last seen near Emmett at Highway 52 and Airport Road. But they disappeared on different dates. Tristan Conner Sexton, 17, in September, Taylor Summers, 14, in October, and then 8-year-old Taryn Summers, who was last seen on Monday. "We were called out yesterday evening (Tuesday night) so we were here yesterday evening and today," Daniele Roberts said. CBS2 asked Roberts if there was an active search back in the fall when Tristan and Taylor went missing. "Whenever the sheriff's office calls we respond, but we were not out in the fall," Roberts said. Emmett mayor Gordon Petrie told CBS2 that the community is holding out hope for the children's safe return. "This is a community of people of faith, these people are praying for the safe return for these children," Petrie said. "And they're also praying that if that's impossible, that whoever the perpetrators are, who's ever responsible for whatever evil has befallen them, will bring to swift and sure justice."

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