Man In Health and Welfare Custody Following Apparent Arson in West Boise


Boise police have had a busy afternoon. Traffic control was alerted to Bannock Street, between Eighth and Ninth streets in downtown Boise following the report of a major break in a water line; crews from the Ada County Highway District and United Water of Idaho are on the scene. ACHD is rerouting westbound traffic on Bannock over to Jefferson Street while United Water workers repair the leak. ACHD says the westbound lane should reopen Wednesday night.

Meanwhile, Boise Police were summoned to a residence on the 11300 block of West Goldenrod Avenue during the noon hour when a resident at the home said a family member threatened him with violence. The family member reportedly told police that he might harm himself, and he made threats toward the officers. As police backed away from the incident to talk with the suspect's family, smoke began coming from inside the home.

Police said the suspect still refused to come out of the house. Ultimately, they were able to remove the man from the home for his own safety. While police placed the man into the custody of the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (no criminal charges were filed), Boise firefighters moved in to extinguish the blaze. Officials said flames and smoke caused significant damage to portions of the home and Boise Fire Department confirmed one dog died in the fire, two dogs were rescued.