House fire likely caused by electrical problem

Idaho State Journal photo The scene of the house fire on East Dove Circle on Blackfoot's north side on Saturday night.

Idaho State Journal photo
The scene of the house fire on East Dove Circle on Blackfoot’s north side on Saturday night.

By Journal Staff

BLACKFOOT — Blackfoot Fire Department officials say a Saturday night house fire was likely caused by an electrical problem.

The fire occurred at a single-story home on East Dove Circle off Eagle Way around 10 p.m. Officials believe it started near the air conditioning unit at the back of the house.

Although the family was at home when the fire began, everyone was able to get out safely. The names of the family members have not been released.

Firefighters were able to extinguish the flames within about 15 minutes. But they remained on scene until early Sunday morning removing a large amount of smoldering debris from the attic and other areas of the house and investigating the cause of the fire.

Idaho State Journal photo Firefighters remove debris from the house that caught fire.

Idaho State Journal photo
Firefighters remove debris from the house that caught fire.

The house looked undamaged from the front yard, but the back of the house suffered heavy fire damage. The flames scorched the deck, the kitchen and the attic, firefighters said. There was also smoke damage throughout the residence.

The fire caused roughly $75,000 in damage, but officials believe the home can be repaired.

The houses in the neighborhood are close to each other, but firefighters kept the flames from spreading to any of the other nearby homes.

Many neighborhood residents gathered on East Dove Circle to watch firefighters respond to the fire and some people even brought out chairs to sit on.

East Dove Circle was temporarily closed to traffic because of the fire.