Officials: Destructive Idaho fire was human-caused

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Posted: Jul 16, 2012 4:11 PM
Officials: Destructive Idaho fire was human-caused

POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) — Authorities in eastern Idaho say a fire that destroyed 66 homes in Pocatello last month was likely human-caused and accidental.

Bannock County Sheriff Lorin Nielsen released those conclusions Monday as authorities wrapped up their investigation into the Charlotte Fire.

Nielsen says investigators believe the fire was manmade. An exact cause has yet to be determined, but investigators have ruled out fireworks and for now are closing the case.

Nielsen says there's no evidence to suggest criminal intent was behind the blaze.

A team of 17 investigators from local, state and federal agencies collaborated to answer questions about the fire that started June 28 and spread quickly through dry grass and brush. More than 1,000 people were evacuated from nearby Pocatello neighborhoods.