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Fire destroys lake home

Narrow, icy driveway slowed firefighters as they neared structure

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Posted: Thursday, January 24, 2013 12:00 am

A house fire that took more than a day to extinguish obliterated a 4,500-square-foot waterfront home on Lake Coeur d'Alene, a fire official confirmed this week.

"The house is a total loss. About a $2.4 million loss," said Jason Blubaum, fire chief at Mica Kidd Island Fire Protection District.

No one was at home at 254 Steamboat Drive during the fire, Blubaum said, adding that the owners requested not to be named.

The home was insured, he said, and the residents are currently staying with family in Spokane.

The cause of the fire will be labeled "undetermined," Blubaum added.

"There's really nothing left for us to investigate," he explained.

The fire district was paged for a smoke investigation on Saturday, he said. He didn't specify whether that was morning or evening, and could not be reached again on Wednesday afternoon.

Firefighters found the house aflame. Several other agencies were called for aid, Blubaum said, including Northern Lakes Fire Protection District, Worley Fire District, Kootenai County Fire and Rescue and East Side Fire and Rescue.

Crews were still at the scene until 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Blubaum said.

Snuffing the fire was a massive undertaking, he said.

"We used about 360,000 gallons of water," Blubaum said.

There were many issues, he said. The fire was reported hours after it began, he said. Calls were also dialed to the fire station instead of to 9-1-1, he said, and no one could provide a specific location to drive to.

"We had to look for different areas," Blubaum said.

Access was "a major issue," he said, due to the narrow and icy driveway.

"We couldn't have gotten an ambulance in there if we wanted to," he said.

No firefighters were injured while battling the flames.

Blubaum encouraged citizens in rural areas to keep their driveways plowed and cleared.

"Give access to fire districts," he said.

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  • JoeIdaho posted at 10:36 am on Sat, Jan 26, 2013.

    JoeIdaho Posts: 2841

    Uh oh, another "truthful1" fallacy:
    So; just so I get it; these people "didn't pay their taxes" and that's why thier house burned down?
    GOOD liberal logic. "simple cause & effect".
    Yaaaa riiighht.

  • truthful1 posted at 8:59 am on Sat, Jan 26, 2013.

    truthful1 Posts: 554

    that's what happens when people refuse to pay their taxes....pretty simple cause and with it

  • bionic man posted at 5:52 pm on Fri, Jan 25, 2013.

    bionic man Posts: 347

    facts are facts. the blind lead the blind. joe...lead on....sooner if not later you and your followers will find the hole.

  • JoeIdaho posted at 12:30 pm on Fri, Jan 25, 2013.

    JoeIdaho Posts: 2841

    Thanky for your Constitutionalist indoctrination....

    Honestly, though, isn't it incredible that anyone could think the way bionic did? Facts, well, they ARE facts....

  • Suzanna posted at 8:42 am on Fri, Jan 25, 2013.

    Suzanna Posts: 20

    CDAman; Just because the assessor lists the house at a specific price, wouldn't you imagine that the loss incurred would be more due to furnishings, clothing, yard equipment and the like?
    I see the green-eyed monster has overcome a lot of you.....

  • lola123 posted at 6:51 am on Fri, Jan 25, 2013.

    lola123 Posts: 343

    I never thought I would say this, I agree with Joeidaho 100%. He is correct on every point. Whew, that was hard to say. LOL

  • Just_K posted at 6:34 am on Fri, Jan 25, 2013.

    Just_K Posts: 84

    In a perfect world, online posting would all be factual (lol!), free of spelling errors, and all grammatically correct. Doesn't happen here or any other comment forum, so criticizing those who don't oblige is futile. It is difficult, however, to ignore some facts. Homes along the lake, way off the beaten path pay more for insurance because of their location. Even if the home value is correct, the insurance value is only going to pay them rebuilding price (not market value) and *if* they have replacement cost, 25% more plus any additional for the code improvements. Next, homes on the lake (or in near proximity) DO pay more taxes and I know this first hand, it's not merely an assumption. Last, locals do own houses on the lake as first and secondary homes, I've been there :) Locals born and raised here love this area as much as newcomers or part timers do, so why is it more likely to some that mostly out of staters own property there? Sounds like envy to me.

  • JoeIdaho posted at 10:36 pm on Thu, Jan 24, 2013.

    JoeIdaho Posts: 2841

    bionic, EVERY word you said was wrong, it's amazing you get to go out in the daytime:
    "All Idaho lakes, rivers, streams should have a ban of any building within 1/2 mile of such"
    This is flatly stupid.

    "The sportsmen all pay for the use and upkeep"
    Spectacularly wrong. The homeowners on waterfront property, especially ones who use them as second homes, pay typically 6 times as much as any house not on the water. DUH.

    "Homeowners/property owners just abuse the land by the area,s"
    That's just clownish. The waterfront property owners get ridden hard by government at every step.

    "Take a boat trip around any lake and see the sewage lines that dump into the lakes"
    I BET you that you can't find ONE "illegal sewage line" going into the lake. How ignorant.

    "check out the illegal pump lines going to many houses"
    The "illegal punp lines" are for irrigation, genius, and these people have the RIGHT to irrigate out of the lake. That's called "water rights".

    "Check out the ownership of most homes.....85% are out of state owners"
    Good. So they're not here most of the time. Great. What's the problem?

    "Most of them pay taxes less than what the local people do"
    NO. They pay MUCH more taxes than the locals do. IF yu owned a house you'd comprehend more, if not, call Kootenai County Assessros office & see if they pay less. Listen to them chuckle at you...

    bionic, your posts are SO far from reality it's amazing.

  • LONEWOLFMP posted at 8:36 pm on Thu, Jan 24, 2013.

    LONEWOLFMP Posts: 46

    Checked out the house on Google Map.....Pretty nice house, odd to hear owners are in Spokane figured CA like most of the folks I know that have houses on the lake (Oh to win the Powerball)

    But as it is....most of the houses are "Summer homes"...someone is probably checking on them maybe once or twice a month if any.

    If anyone reading this has homes in that area and would like to have someone check on their "Summer Homes" please let me know, as I would love to be able to afford a home over there for "year round' use....

  • LTRLTR posted at 6:44 pm on Thu, Jan 24, 2013.

    LTRLTR Posts: 1171

    Idaho born and bred: CDAman would give you some inflated non-factual information. Of course, you probably know that already.

  • bionic man posted at 6:30 pm on Thu, Jan 24, 2013.

    bionic man Posts: 347

    facts are facts. All Idaho lakes, rivers, streams should have a ban of any building within 1/2 mile of such. The sportsmen all pay for the use and upkeep. Homeowners/property owners just abuse the land by the area,s. Take a boat trip around any lake and see the sewage lines that dump into the lakes, check out the illegal pump lines going to many houses. Check out the ownership of most homes.....85% are out of state owners. Most of them pay taxes less than what the local people do. tomanylaws, justaguy and ??? idaho born & bread ?? go back to where you were born

  • Idaho born and bred posted at 2:17 pm on Thu, Jan 24, 2013.

    Idaho born and bred Posts: 2

    CDAman - what is your house valued at?

  • tomanylaws posted at 1:18 pm on Thu, Jan 24, 2013.

    tomanylaws Posts: 47

    The comments on here are amazing. I wouldn't wish a home fire on anyone. I agree that jealousy may be the cause of the many negative comments. Those that have a 2nd home or cabin on the lake work hard and save so that they have something to enjoy with there friends and family. I am sure if those complaining, get up off the couch and get a job, quit smoking, drinking and gambling all of their hard earned money away, and maybe, just maybe, you too could move out of your single wide and have something on the lake like what these folks just lost in that fire.

  • CDAman posted at 10:37 am on Thu, Jan 24, 2013.

    CDAman Posts: 1

    Funny how it says it's a $2.4 million dollar loss, but the accessor is only taxing it at $749,000.
    The 4,500 quality structure was only valued at $275,000.
    No wonder we are always looking for another levy.

  • Idaho born and bred posted at 10:15 am on Thu, Jan 24, 2013.

    Idaho born and bred Posts: 2

    My jaw dropped when I read some of the comments posted here. You are some of the people that give Idaho a bad name. Why do you get satisfaction from others tragedies? Could it be you are jealous? Did it ever occur to you these are hardworking people that we as Idahoans should be proud to have in our community? Maybe they help create jobs for all you losers that have nothing to do but scan the parcel records and they pay taxes that cover improvements in our community. As a Idaho native I am embarrassed that we have people like you around!!

  • wheels1 posted at 9:56 am on Thu, Jan 24, 2013.

    wheels1 Posts: 461

    @ justaguy, I totally agree with you and Cdajon refers to someone else as uneducated,get that.Sounds like a lot of jealously to me.

  • justaguy posted at 9:28 am on Thu, Jan 24, 2013.

    justaguy Posts: 29

    It make me sick that some of you get some sort of joy out of a family whose home burned down. It does not matter if it is there primary home or their 3rd home, if they are from Idaho, Washington, or California, it was their home with their possessions and it is all gone. Cdajon and CaiusCosades, deep in your soul you are evil! I hope that you never have a tragedy in your life and have people celebrate, that is just plane heartless.

  • Cdajon posted at 8:50 am on Thu, Jan 24, 2013.

    Cdajon Posts: 447

    People from Washington should have to pay quadruple launch fees when they come here. Most are uneducated boaters and they should be required to pass a maritime test.

  • Cdajon posted at 8:48 am on Thu, Jan 24, 2013.

    Cdajon Posts: 447

    That house and the houses on either side are an eyesore and I'm glad to see it gone. I figured it would slide into the Lake. It probably was.. Hence the fire.

  • CaiusCosades posted at 8:34 am on Thu, Jan 24, 2013.

    CaiusCosades Posts: 380

    I feel so bad for these rich people, what will they ever do without their 2nd home on the lake?

  • dasher posted at 8:16 am on Thu, Jan 24, 2013.

    dasher Posts: 192

    It looks as though it is the owners second home. At least that's what it seems by Kootenai County Parcel Records. The owner owns in Spokane too.

  • concernedcitizen posted at 7:41 am on Thu, Jan 24, 2013.

    concernedcitizen Posts: 2530


    I agree 100%

  • voxpop posted at 5:07 am on Thu, Jan 24, 2013.

    voxpop Posts: 738

    Many homes along the lake, or even embedded in the countryside, have special issues with access in wintertime. No two ways about it. I live "out there" and have always known if I have a fire I should just break out the marshmallows. And being an inbred cynic, when I read stories like this my first thought goes to owner financials. Seems to me that homes of that ilk seldom break out in flames spontaneously. Just sayin'.

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