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It's not every day that the city of Ketchum sends out a news release regarding a local fire. Then again, it's not every day that 57 firefighters respond to a blaze. When the smoke cleared Dec. 14, the fire had consumed a home estimated at $2.5 million in the 100 block of Griffin Court in Ketchum.
City officials said the house, near the Bigwood Golf Course, went up in flames shortly after 1 p.m. on Monday. Construction workers, who were on site doing a remodeling job, said they tried to extinguish the flames themselves without any success and called the fire department a half-hour later. It was 7:30 p.m. before the fire was finally brought under control.
Firefighters said several feet of snow in the area hampered their operations, and they needed to call in additional help to relieve firefighters who battled the flames in freezing temperatures for six hours.
According to officials, the house was unoccupied during the remodel. Two state fire marshals are investigating the cause of the blaze.
The Idaho Mountain Express reports the home, built in 1989, is owned by Andrew and Lisa Goldman, of Pacific Palisades, Calif. The 8,000-square-foot home has six bedrooms and seven and a half bathrooms. Property tax records indicate the home's taxable value at $2.5 million. Including the land, the total property value is estimated at more than $4 million.