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Fire destroys home in north Hayden

Cause of blaze on Dodd Road undetermined

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Posted: Wednesday, January 16, 2013 12:00 am

HAYDEN - A fire destroyed a home on Dodd Road north of Hayden on Sunday night.

No one was home during the fire and the cause is undetermined, according to the Northern Lakes Fire District.

"A neighbor passing by saw smoke and called 911," said Jim Lyon, Northern Lakes spokesman.

The fire, reported at 6:43 p.m., destroyed the four-bedroom, 2,000-square-foot structure at 2112 E. Dodd Road built in 1938.

The homeowner is Brian Eiter, according to Kootenai County records. He has insurance, according to firefighters.

The damage is estimated at more than $200,000.

When firefighters arrived at 6:54 p.m., the house was fully involved and a second alarm was called.

"Due to the extensive fire involvement in the home, it was determined that efforts would be to protect nearby exposures including a large propane tank," Lyon said.

Lyon said the origin of the fire is being investigated and difficult to pinpoint due to the severity of the fire.

The family has young children and has found a rental to live in, Lyon said.

"They indicated that they have family and friends to help them," he said. "They had been out of town for a few days and had just come back to the area when they got the call (about the fire)."

Due to no hydrants in the vicinity, water tenders arrived to provide additional water.

Crews from Coeur d'Alene, Timberlake, Spirit Lake and Kootenai County Fire and Rescue assisted Northern Lakes. Crews terminated at 11:58 p.m.

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  • efromm posted at 12:10 pm on Wed, Jan 16, 2013.

    efromm Posts: 704

    Man I butchered the spelling on that one...

  • efromm posted at 12:09 pm on Wed, Jan 16, 2013.

    efromm Posts: 704

    Riding along does nothing. Your still not qualified to help. You caould just listen to the radio and then go of the scene and watch. People did not pay for the levy cause they are corrupt. The Hayden firehouse has had some bad fish in it over the years. They used to go and harass local businesses with Robert Weist the building inspector. I know all about these guys. Benn putting up with them for 20 plus years...

  • skunkworks posted at 12:08 pm on Wed, Jan 16, 2013.

    skunkworks Posts: 252

    I Think about all the "Rescues" and the" Lives" that are "Saved" ....Why be Critical of a F/D's Response Time..I am Sure they Try to get to the Location as Fast as they "Safely" can with the "Equipment" available to them at the time the Call comes in........Even the F/D have Protocols to Follow....

  • dasher posted at 10:09 am on Wed, Jan 16, 2013.

    dasher Posts: 205

    Do some research before being critical. Maybe if the levy would have been voted in favor of more help this wouldn't have been an issue. You have two paid guys per day and the rest are volunteers. The other agencies run calls for their area too...they can't just come running when the rural areas need it.

    This house is in the rural district. Mapquest states that it is 22 minutes from the station to this location. I would say having a water shuttle up and going in 45 is pretty darn good.

    Why don't you guys go and do a ride along...see what it is really like. I know...I know...that means you would have to do something other than criticize and get out from in front of the computer.

  • idahotater posted at 9:28 am on Wed, Jan 16, 2013.

    idahotater Posts: 54

    It is a HUGE waste of taxpayer money for the fire department to be ambulance chasers and not the firefighters they should be. They definetley need to go old school and do what they are paid to do. If the EMT's need more help lifting people, hire some body builders to follow you in a Prius.

  • efromm posted at 9:17 am on Wed, Jan 16, 2013.

    efromm Posts: 704

    Ya know a few years back part of a house burned up that held stuff for the Rathdrum museum. It was a few blocks from the hayden station house. No one at the fire dept was qualified to drive the truck so they watched it burn for awhile. Until qualified personnel showed up. Points again to training like you said jeff....

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