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Fire obliterates shed, damages home and displaces family on Pocatello’s west side

November 12, 2018

POCATELLO — A fire destroyed a large shed and damaged an adjacent residence on the city’s west side late Saturday morning.

The 11:45 a.m. fire on Maplewood Avenue near Raymond Park and Irving Middle School did not result in any injuries but caused enough damage to displace the family living in the house.

The flames leveled the shed where the blaze started and caused fire and smoke damage to the rear portion of the adjacent house on the same property but did not spread to other houses in the neighborhood, authorities said.

The family living in the house will have to find a temporary place to stay because of the damage to their residence and the fact that the fire knocked down the power lines to the home, leaving it without electricity, the Pocatello Fire Department reported.

Fire Department officials said it will likely cost at least $30,000 to replace the shed and repair the damage to the house, but the home is definitely salvageable.

The identity of the family that resided in the house has not yet been released but authorities said the family does have insurance to help pay for the damage caused by the fire.

The fire started in the shed and the cause has officially been declared undetermined, according to the Fire Department.

Neighborhood residents reported the fire, authorities said, and some members of the family were home when the blaze ignited.

As of 12:30 p.m. Saturday the fire was mostly out but firefighters were extinguishing the remaining hot spots.

Police temporarily closed Maplewood Avenue to traffic because of the fire.

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