Idaho fire claims son of Mac resident
Fire Chief Mike Lee identified the victims as Allen Joseph West, 31; Rosemary Wooster, 39; their children, Trevor Wiley, 17, and Zachary Wooster, 13; and a friend of the children, Colby Stedman, 13.
West is survived by his father, Michael West of McMinnville, and brothers, Richard Choate of Lafayette, Gayland Choate of Arlington, Wash., and Michael West of Salem. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Al and Bev Beeler of McMinnville.
Al Beeler used to own the Hamblin-Wheeler Men’s Shop on Third Street.
Lee said the house was fully ablaze when the fire was reported about 1:30 a.m. The heat was so intense it was more than 30 minutes before crews could enter to look for victims.
The suspected cause is an overloaded extension cord on the front porch. It had been plugged into an electric grill, Lee said. He said firefighters found no evidence the house was equipped with smoke detectors, though damage was so extensive it was hard to tell for sure.
A memorial service for West is slated for 10 a.m. Friday, April 26, at Orofino High School. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to West Family Fund, c/o Lewis & Clark Credit Union, Orofino, ID.