The larger penalty for allegedly starting the Table
He reportedly told detectives he was shooting off Roman candles just before midnight
The sheriff's office has regularly fielded questions about its investigation in the two months since. Deputies apparently pored through more than 100 tips from the public and interviewed dozens of people.
They spoke with Kemp on the morning of
Ada County 911 dispatchers had received numerous reports of people lighting off fireworks near
At the time, Kemp denied having any involvement. He finally admitted what happened when detectives interviewed him a second time in late August, Orr said.
[Table Rock area's "black scar" will take years to heal]
Aerial fireworks like Roman candles are legal to buy in parts of Idaho that allow it -- Kemp told deputies he bought his at a fireworks stand in
The latter, a misdemeanor, is the ordinance Kemp is accused of violating.
The bigger costs for Kemp: Restitution
The bill for fighting the fire includes
"We will seek restitution. It's part of our due diligence," said
That, he said, will now give him someone to go after to try and recoup the loss of more than
"I had no insurance so it's got to come out of his hip pocket," said Danielson, 72.
He said he looks forward to the day he can speak to Kemp in court.
"I want 160 hours out of him helping to clean the mess up. I think that's only fair," said Danielson, who lives in
The house was occupied by his son, Steven. He and his, wife, Tara, and their three sons were asleep when the fire broke out.
[His grandpa built his home, "now someone else took it"]
Just after the fire,
"They drove up the hill as fast as they could and came in, busted in the house screaming, 'The hill is on fire, you guys get up and get out,'" he told the Statesman.
He and his family and three dogs and one cat escaped the flames. One cat went missing. And there was the home.
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