Police say Arson Caused Downtown Idaho City Fire
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Police are saying the fire that burned down five businesses in downtown Idaho City was set intentionally. The Idaho Statesman reports the blaze began in the early morning hours of June 5 and caused an estimated $311,000 in damage to a significant portion of the small city's downtown area and boardwalk.
Idaho State Police spokeswoman Teresa Baker says investigators believe the fire was a result of arson. She said information is being turned over to the prosecutor's office for review.
Idaho State Fire Marshal Knute Sandahl says the investigation confirmed initial suspicions that the fire started in Calamity Jayne's restaurant and spread to the other businesses nearby.