BOISE -- Fire investigators are looking into whether arson may have lead to a fire that destroyed a southeast Boise home early Wednesday morning.
A mother and her three daughters escaped the home at 3905 South Yorktown Way without injury, but firefighters say the home is a total loss.
The fire broke out around 2:30 a.m. Once firefighters arrived at the house, they quickly called for a second alarm after seeing smoke and flames coming from the garage and living room.
It sounds like they had heavy flame involvement from the garage area, and of course in a structure fire we have to chase the flames, and as they go up into the attic and around, and that was our challenge, said Battalion Chief Jake Ellis.
Neighbors say they heard several explosions. One neighbor told us he went to investigate. There was an explosion, I got out and walked down the street, the house down here, the window was blown out and the fire had started, said Richard Shurrick.
The home is not heated with natural gas, so investigators are still looking into what may have caused the explosions, said Ellis.
Ellis says it's possible that household items like aerosol or propane stored in the garage may have ignited, causing the loud explosions. He added that there are some suspicious details surrounding the case.
There's just a lot of little things about some history in the neighborhood, about some interactions with neighbors, and some other aspects about the fire itself that I can't really delve into, said Ellis.
Investigators expect to be on scene for much of the morning looking into a cause.
The American Red Cross is assisting the family with money for food, clothing, seasonal jackets and three nights' stay in a local motel.