Kids With Lighter Start Apartment Fire - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Kids With Lighter Start Apartment Fire

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Boise Police and fire officials say two 4-year-olds playing with a lighter started a fire that destroyed four apartments and caused heavy smoke damage to two others.

The fire was reported at about 1 p.m. Monday. As firefighters began fighting the blaze, police evacuated apartments in the building and some nearby.

An investigation found the children used a lighter to set a box on fire and they then placed the box in a garbage can on a patio of one of the lower-level apartments. The fire apparently spread to other items on the patio and into the apartments.

A Boise police officer was taken to the hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation while a firefighter was treated for dehydration. Boise police say a resident told firefighters that a
family dog died in the fire.
      
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