BOISE -- Boise Fire Department investigators say a fire that caused extensive damage to a home on W. Hallmark Court Sunday night was ignited by ashes left in a trash can after a barbecue.
Fire officials are reminding the public to never discard ashes inside or near their home.
"With the outdoor cooking season in full swing we all need to be aware," said Boise Marshal Romeo Gervais. "Proper disposal of hot ashes has to be planned out safely ahead of time."
Ashes should be placed in a metal container with a tight fitting lid outside and away from the house. They should never be disposed of in plastic containers, cardboard boxes or paper grocery bags. After the ashes have been in a metal container for one week, it will then be safe to dispose of in your trash.
The house fire on West Hallmark Court was reported around 11:30 p.m. Sunday.
When firefighters arrived at the home, they found flames and heavy smoke pouring from the roof and attic area. A second alarm went out.
Firefighters were able to extinguish the flames, but the fire caused extensive damage to the home. No other structures were affected by the fire but neighbors did evacuate for a short time due to the close proximity of their home to the fire.
Witnesses say a propane tank caught on fire, releasing bursts of large flames which sounded like a hot air balloon taking off.
A man who lived in the home was attempting to put the flames out with a garden hose when firefighters arrived.
A man and woman who live in the home made it out safely.
One adult male resident was transported to a local hospital for evaluation.