Calls to Melba Fire Department went out around 3:30 Tuesday afternoon for a fire at 205 2nd Street in Melba between Broadway Avenue and Carrie Rex Avenue. At least four outbuildings on the two lots that burned were completely destroyed by fire. Some of Melba’s Fire Department was working with a BLM Fire crew south of town when the call went out.
High winds spread the fire quickly across the lots in the direction of the TK Oil Gas Station. An officer on the scene said that if the fire had jumped the alley and set the large, wooden, two-story structure next to the gas station ablaze it would have been very dangerous to the entire city and possibly lighting three 10,000 gallon fuel tanks.
“The Melba crews did a great job stopping the fire,” he said.
Melba Fire Chief John Engle said the home at 205 was vacant and looked to be undergoing some remodeling. Fire crews from Kuna, Nampa, Deer Flat and the BLM arrived on scene with at least five engines. After the structures were put out, a backhoe was brought in to bring the remaining parts down and dig for hotspots that the fire crews extinguished.
Chief Engle said the cause of the fire was still undetermined and under investigation as of press time.