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Elderly couple killed in Payette house fire

Coroner Keith Schuller says that the victims, whose names have not been released, were a couple in their 70s. (KBOI Staff Photo)

Two people were killed in a house fire early Wednesday morning in Payette, according to the county coroner's office.

Coroner Keith Schuller says that the victims, whose names have not been released, were a couple in their 70s.

Schuller says the fire was first reported just before midnight Tuesday night by a passerby at a house on South 19th Street.

State Fire Marshall Knute Sandahl says crews arrived about four minutes later but they couldn't make a rescue because of the size of the fire.

"The house was fully involved fire was through the roof upon arrival and coming out 3 walls of the house," said Sandahl.

There was a problem with the closest fire hydrant, possibly due to cold weather. Another fire hydrant down the street had to be used but officials say this did not hinder operations.

Firefighters were able to get the fire under control in about 15 minutes but the house was already destroyed by the fire.

The State Fire Marshall arrived at the home shortly after and recovered the two elderly victims as well as a pet that died in the fire.

Sandahl says it is too early in the investigation to know the cause but investigators say they are focusing their attention on the living room and the dining room.

Schuller says the cause and manner of death are still under investigation and autopsies are scheduled for Thursday morning.

We will report more information as it becomes available.


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