Life is tough right now. More people are out of work than we have seen in years. Kids are out of school, extra-curricular activities have been canceled, and it hurts that much more to see 12 families in our community lose their homes after a tragic fire this morning. 

The 3-alarm blaze broke out this morning on Orchard Avenue in Nampa at 7:03 a.m. according to the Idaho Statesman. Crews were able to get the fire on the third story under control by 7:45 a.m., but not before serious loses. Between the actual fire, smoke, and water damage, all 12 units in the complex have been deemed unlivable.

Investigators believe the fire started from an improperly disposed cigarette. Two firefighters were treated on the scene for minor injuries and the Red Cross is helping the families who have been displaced.

Please keep all of the families who experience this terrible loss in your thoughts and prayers today and in the many days to come.

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