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Holiday fire toll in Boise: 12 fires, down from 15 last year…

So many years, I remember the end of the public fireworks display in Boise being followed immediately by a loud and extended chorus of fire truck sirens, responding to fireworks-sparked fires. It didn’t seem quite as bad or dramatic this year, despite the extremely dry conditions. The Boise Fire Department reports that it responded to 12 reports of fires yesterday on the Fourth of July, down slightly from 15 last year. Only one of this year’s blazes was not related to fireworks, though a number are still under investigation as to cause. “The vast majority of calls resulted in a quick response and little or no property damage,” the BFD reports.

There was a structure fire at a duplex on South Security Lane that resulted in serious damage; it was reported at 10 p.m., and crews found the roof partially ablaze; no one was injured. Though the cause remains under investigation, fireworks had been spotted in the area just before the fire ignited. Most of the other fires involved grass or brush.

Suspects in Emmet church arsons: Convicted killer and four-time arsonist

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: EMMETT, Idaho (AP) — The Gem County Prosecutor has filed criminal charges against two men accused of intentionally setting fire to a pair of Emmett churches last month. One of the suspects charged Wednesday was convicted of killing his adoptive parents in 1989. Prosecutor Richard Linville charged 41-year-old Bradley Thomasson and 45-year-old William Dorahush Jr., with two counts of first-degree arson. Both were also charged with burglary and theft. Investigators say the men are responsible for the April 27 blazes that damaged Community Bible Church and First Baptist Church. Records show Thomasson spent 22 years in prison for killing his adoptive parents in Nez Perce County in 1989. Dorahush has a criminal record that includes four convictions for arson. Both churches are blocks from downtown Emmett and suffered extensive fire, smoke and water damage.

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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