Nampa Fire and Police Departments search for arsonist
On Thursday morning around 3:45 a.m. the Nampa Fire Department responded to a fire that started between two residences located at 172 N and 178 N Benewah Drive in Nampa.
The fire was started outside. One of the homes was vacant and the other was occupied.
The fire spread quickly due to large arborvitae trees flanking one of the homes, causing an estimated $7,000.00 worth of damage.
The Nampa Fire Department stated that "when... evergreens [such as the arborvitae] are on fire they release a tremendous amount of heat which is comparable to when gas is ignited" and urged homeowners to consider removing the "very flammable" shrubs and replacing them with fire-safe landscaping.
The cause of the fire was intentional. The Nampa Fire Department considers it an arson.
As Nampa Fire and Police continue their investigations, they've asked for help from the community in solving what they are calling a "senseless crime".
Anyone with information about the fire should call the Nampa Police Department at (208) 465-2257.