Rexburg house fire damages home, two vehicles

A vacant home located at 5676 S 2000 West in the Lyman area caught fire around 3:56 p.m. according the assistant fire chief, Mikel Walker of the Madison County Fire Department.

The fire destroyed a structure and at least two vehicles according to Sherriff Roy Klinger, of the Madison County Sherriff’s department.

Klinger said he was glad the home was vacant and that no one was hurt or injured.

Walker said the cause of the fire remains undetermined but believes the fire started at the back of the house, but the cause of the fire was still undetermined. He said the destroyed vehicles were located in a garage on the premise.

Walker said the attic is still on fire because of the design of the home is causing difficulty in reaching the fire.

“It’s just a weird smoke so there’s something weird in the attic,” Walker said.

Walker said he hopes his team will be able to extinguish the fire by 7:00 p.m.

Scott Smith, a next-door neighbor and Lyman resident, said the house originally housed a woman who broke her hip. Smith said her son, Mel Mortensen, regularly checks on the home.

“The son of the women, he comes back this way all the time. I just called him to make sure he knew what was going on and he said he did. She’s been living in a nursing home and broke her hip a while back and never has come back. It’s been vacant,” Smith said.

Walker said the hose was pumping about 400 to 500 gallons of water per minute in order to extinguish the fire.

“We’re absolutely thankful for the quick response of the fire department. They do a wonderful job,” Klinger said.

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