Professor's body found in burned Idaho home

Posted by Nick Dutton - email

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Officials in Idaho are trying to determine if a fast-moving wildfire killed a Boise State University professor.

The body of Mary Ellen Ryder was found in 1 of the 20 homes burned by Monday's fire. The English professor was supposed to teach her first class of the semester on Tuesday.

No other residents were injured by the fire, which spread quickly from a vacant field of sagebrush, up a ridge and into a nearby neighborhood.

Seventeen police officers and at least one firefighter were treated for smoke inhalation and other injuries.

The cause of the fire is still being investigated, but officials blame strong wind gusts for its rapid acceleration.

Source: The Associated Press