Neighbor’s watch keeps fire at Keystone from spreading
KEYSTONE – A neighbor’s sharp eyes likely kept a $2.5 million, 7,000-square-foot Keystone home from going up in smoke Monday.
The unoccupied, under-construction house suffered about $150,000 in damage – mostly to the three-bay garage – and the contractor said it will repair that area and complete the residence. The home was about 90 percent complete when the fire broke out, according to Snake River Fire Chief Dave Parmley.
The house, at 26 Pine Meadows Lane, is adjacent to Keystone’s River golf course in the Elk Crossing subdivision.
Neighbor Vicki Siegert noticed a flickering light around the garage door of the house about 10 p.m.
“It was a matter of incredible timing, fortunate timing,” she said.
Siegert and her husband had watched a movie, and opted not to watch the 10 p.m. news. If they had, Siegert said she wouldn’t have seen the flames. Instead, she took their dog Jag out for his nightly walk.
“I looked across and I could see the flames through the garage door windows,” she said. “I ran back in the house and screamed at my husband, and he called 911. By the time we got back out, the fire was twice as big, it had broken through the glass, and had started up the side of the house. If we’d stayed and watched another 10 or 15 minutes of news, it would have been disastrous.”
Firefighters arrived three minutes after they were paged.
“Within 15 minutes of being on scene, the fire was under control,” Parmley said. “It didn’t have an opportunity to reach into the living areas.”
By 10:45 p.m., the fire was out, Parmley said.
Its cause isn’t known, but Parmley said it appears accidental.
“We don’t see anything that raises any red flags,” he said. “But we’re very early into the investigation. We’re awaiting the arrival of various insurance investigators.”
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