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'Devastating' fire burns Hagerman Christian Center

The Idaho State Fire Marshal's Office investigation determined the Hagerman Christian Center fire was caused by a landscaping accident.
Credit: Idaho State Fire Marshal's Office / Facebook

HAGERMAN, Idaho — Update: The Idaho State Fire Marshal's Office investigated the Hagerman Christian Center fire Saturday, determining it was caused by a landscaping accident. 

Officials said a congregation member was using a weed burner and an unnoticed ember smoldered the base of the building's wooden siding. The Fire Marshal's Office said interviews and evidence at the Hagerman church supported the determination.

Multiple crews responded to the fire at the Hagerman Christian Center Friday evening. 

Hagerman Fire Protection District Chief Tim Peterson told KTVB late Friday the fire had impacted 70-75% of the church.

Hagerman Fire Protection District, Bliss Fire, Gooding Fire, Buhl Fire, Jerome Rural Fire and Wendell Fire crews responded to the church around 8 p.m. 

Peterson said the final crews left the church at 3:30 a.m. Saturday after responding to additional hot spots. The fire is out.

In a Facebook post Saturday, the Hagerman Fire Protection District said the Gooding County Sheriff's Office and Gooding County EMS also responded to Friday's incident. 

"An incident this size requires all of us to work together, and last night was a good example," the post said. 

Hagerman Fire also thanked local restaurants, stores and shops in town for providing crews with food and drinks.

No injuries were reported.

We at Hagerman Fire would like to thank our mutual aid agencies for the assistance provided last night on the...

Posted by Hagerman Fire Protection District / Hagerman Quick Response on Saturday, May 21, 2022

Please say a prayer as our Church Hagerman Christian center caught fire tonight

Posted by Ashley Henrietta on Friday, May 20, 2022

Friend Nona Kuhn and I went for a drive after dinner last night and saw the Hagerman Christian Center billowing smoke...

Posted by Geri Omohundro on Saturday, May 21, 2022

UPDATE: Fire investigators finished up their investigation and determined the cause of this fire to be an accident....

Posted by Idaho State Fire Marshal's Office on Saturday, May 21, 2022

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