house fire

Firefighters battle a blaze that ignited in a home on Griffin Court in northern Ketchum on Monday. The fire started at about 1 p.m. and wasn’t contained for more than six hours.

A fire consumed an estimated $2.5 million house in the 100 block of Griffin Court in Ketchum on Monday.

    Construction workers involved in a remodel were at the home when they smelled smoke at about 1 p.m., the city of Ketchum stated in a news release. The smoke was coming from the roof, which quickly erupted in flames. The workers called 911 at 1:26 p.m. after they couldn’t extinguish the fire.

    Ketchum Fire Chief Mike Elle said flames became so intense that firefighters had to be removed from the house by 2 p.m.

    The fire consumed the roof and the southern section of the house and then spread to the main portion of the house.

    Firefighters got the blaze under control at 7:30 p.m. Monday.

    In total, 57 firefighters from all fire departments in Blaine County were involved in battling the blaze, city of Ketchum spokeswoman Lisa Enourato said.

    Firefighters remained at the home Tuesday morning to put out flare-ups in the debris, according to the news release.

    The cause of the fire was undetermined Tuesday, and two state fire marshals will conduct an investigation.

    Aside from the construction workers, the home was unoccupied when the fire started.    

    The home is owned by Andrew D. Goldman and Lisa Goldman of Pacific Palisades, Calif., according to Blaine County property records.

It was built in 1989 and had six bedrooms and seven and a half bathrooms, with about 8,000 square feet of space.

The home’s taxable value in 2015 was about $2.5 million, according to property tax records. Counting the value of the land, the total property value is estimated at $4.06 million.

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