Printed on: July 10, 2013

House burns near Rexburg


Madison County firefighters were having difficulty Tuesday night gaining the upper hand on a house fire near Rexburg.

The fire was reported shortly before 4 p.m. Tuesday in an older, single-family home located at 5676 S. 2000 West, according to a Madison County news release.

Firefighters finally extinguished the flames about 10:45 p.m. Officials said the home was a total loss, but an exact dollar amount was not available. The homeowner's name also was not available. Fire crews were expected to remain on the scene overnight.

When they arrived earlier Tuesday, firefighters saw smoke coming from the home and a vehicle on fire at the rear of the structure. The fire moved rapidly through the house due to numerous additions and double ceilings, the news release said.

"The house is an older structure that has been added on to and remodeled," Assistant Chief Mikel Walker said in the news release. "We are having a difficult time getting to the base of the fire to put it out."

The house was not occupied when the blaze erupted, and no injuries were reported.

Fire officials suspect a burn barrel at the rear of the home caused the blaze.

An estimated 28 firefighters -- backed by four engines, two water tenders and an ambulance -- responded to the blaze.