Massive fire destroys Post Falls mansion



Posted on February 16, 2012 at 8:24 AM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 29 at 12:40 AM

POST FALLS, Idaho-- Flames ripped through a Post Falls home Thursday morning, destroying the house and leaving it under a cloud of suspicion.

It started around 6:20 a.m. at the home in the 1500 block of Plaza Drive.

Neighbors reported seeing flames stretch high into the air. Smoke was billowing outside the home for hours. Firefighters continued to contain the flames throughout the morning.

“The smoke was as black as midnight, and you could see orange in the middle,” Louise Field, a neighbor, said.

The fire did not spread to other houses, but by noon, crews said they had the fire only 75 percent contained.

Police arrived on scene to assist firefighters with the investigation because of an alleged fight between a man and woman inside the house Wednesday night. They were called to the house around 6:30 p.m. for a verbal dispute reportedly over water damage and keys. The man involved was gone by the time officers arrived, and the woman called the fight minute. Two children in their late teens were also home during the dispute. No one was arrested because no one committed a crime.

Authorities have not confirmed that the two incidents are related.

No one was home at the time of the fire. The house belongs to Pam and Len Wallace. Police interviewed the homeowners Thursday morning to piece together the events that led up to the fire.

The family says they weren’t home Thursday morning because they had shut the water off after having issues with plumbing and a dishwasher.

A cause has not yet been determined, and it could take days to do so. Police and fire officials said they are not ruling out any possibilities.