North Idaho

Two killed in Blanchard home fire

BLANCHARD, Idaho - The Bonner County Sheriff's Office confirms that two people were killed in a mobile home fire off McDonald Creek Road in Blanchard, Idaho.

A neighbor reported seeing flames coming from the mobile home around 6:30 a.m. Wednesday and the Spirit Lake Fire Department and the Bonner County Sheriff's Office responded to the fire.

Authorities say the fire was in a mobile home at 320 McDonald Creek Road. When deputies arrived at the home they found the homeowner, Robert Sands, 66, outside. He said that he thought his wife Mary, 52, and daughter Angela, 23, were trapped inside.

After the fire was knocked down detectives found two bodies inside the mobile home that they believe to be Mary and Angela Sands.

Katie Vachon has been a neighbor of the Sands family for more than a decade and says this news was devastating.

"It was kind of disappointing to see that happen to these people it's sad because they are so nice, it's just hard," Vachon said.

Robert Sands believes the fire may have started because a door on a wood stove had been left open; authorities do not suspect any wrongdoing. The mobile home was a total loss.

The Spirit Lake Fire Department is investigating the fire.