MERIDIAN-- A second alarm went out this morning as fire crews battled huge house fire in a Meridian subdivision.

KTVB Meteorologist Jim Duthie lives a few blocks away and says when he arrived on scene the house was fully engulfed in flames. He says the roof collapsed and the house appears to be a total loss.

The house is on the 2500 block of E. Green Canyon Drive in the Thousand Springs subdivision. That is east of Mountain View High School.

Neighbors say that a woman and her young daughter got out safely.

When our crew arrived flames were spewing from the three-car garage.

Meridian Fire Capt. Bill Allen was off-duty but nearby when the fire broke out around 10:35 a.m. He made a quick check to make sure all people and pets got out of the house safely.

Deputy Fire Chief Perry Palmer says a passerby spotted smoke coming from the garage and called 911. Firefighters arrived on scene about five minutes later and called for a second alarm.

Seven engine companies, two fire trucks and a medic unit responded. The crews were from Boise, Meridian and Kuna fire departments.

Palmer says firefighters cut a hole in the roof to vent the heat from the fire, and that prevented it from spreading to the rest of the house. He says the living area and a lot of personal belongings were saved because of this action.

However, a SUV and boat in the garage were destroyed by the flames.

It took about 35 minutes for firefighters to gain control of the fire, and about two-and-a-half hours before the fire was fully extinguished.

Investigators estimate the damage to the house at $175,000, and the loss of contents at $60,000, but Palmer says those figures could go higher once they get inside.

A family of four was renting the home. Palmer says the father was at work and a boy was at school. The family is receiving assistance from the Red Cross and the Merdian Fire Department's Burnout Fund to help them with lodging and other immediate needs.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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