CLEARWATER — Cause is undetermined for an early morning fire Sunday that destroyed an unoccupied residence on the Elk City Wagon Road.
“Whether or if there is an investigation into the cause of the fire,” according to Chief Russ Rojan, BPC Volunteer Fire Department, is pending incident review with Idaho County Sheriff’s Deputy Randy Long who assisted on the scene. Contributing factors under consideration include high winds experienced in the area the night prior, and a burnt power line found on scene, he said, but at this point there is no definitive cause.
Burt Pearson made the 911 call, reporting the fire at 5:12 a.m., one mile south of Clearwater on the Elk City Wagon Road, according to the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office. Rojan said six firefighters and two structure trucks responded, with initial responders arriving within 10 minutes of the call. But by that time, the single-story home owned by Leslie Lynn was completely engulfed.
Crews worked to contain the fire to the structure and an adjacent, connected outbuilding, and they were on scene until the fire was controlled at 9:10 a.m. Damage estimates were unavailable.
It was unknown on whether the home, which had undergone some work in the past few years, was insured. The property had been used for storage, and the adjacent ground for running cattle by Lynn, according to Rojan.
“This was one of the oldest homes up here in the Clearwater area,” he said, and was Lynn’s family’s home that he grew up in as a boy.