A Calder man was arrested last week in connection with a deadly collision outside his house, and Monday morning, that house went up in flames.
At about 8 p.m. the night of August 26, the Shoshone County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of an incident in Calder involving an SUV running over a pedestrian after an argument, and several law enforcement agencies responded.
The victim, a 35-year-old woman whose name has not been officially released, died at the scene.
Richard Elbert Rogers, Jr. fled but was soon located and arrested by Benewah County Sheriff’s Deputies along the St. Joe River Road. The deputies secured the site where Rogers was found, near Hugus Creek, and also helped Idaho State Police and Shoshone County Sheriff’s deputies secure the initial crime scene in Calder.
Rogers’ charges include vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence, among several others. He is in custody at the Shoshone County Public Safety Facility in Wallace.
On Monday the 30, a fire was reported around 7:30 a.m. at Rogers’ home, 12 1st St. in Calder. Several agencies responded, including the Saint Maries Fire Department, and the blaze was out quickly without spreading past Rogers’ house. Nobody was home and no injuries were reported.
The flames destroyed the east side of the house, and the remaining structure was declared a total loss. The fire began on the front porch, which faces the intersection of 1st Street and Main Street.
Shoshone County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Jeff Lee said that every fire is investigated to determine its cause, but that the fire Monday merits special attention.
“There are several suspicious circumstances, including the location of the fire on the porch and the general situation in Calder,” Lee said.
The Idaho State Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the fire as possible arson. Idaho State Police are leading the manslaughter investigation, which is ongoing and may result in further charges.