AP: Lawsuit Alleges ROTC Barbecue Torched U of I Building


A lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Boise earlier this week has revealed that a 2011 fire at the University of Idaho caused serious damage to a World War II-era structure, and the State of Idaho is saying members of the U.S. Navy's Reserve Officer Training Corps were responsible.

The Associated Press reports that the U of I's Navy ROTC program was holding a barbecue in the area and dumped smoldering charcoal briquettes into a university flower bed, sparking the blaze.

The suit asks for nearly $1.6 million in damages from the U.S. government.