How a single snowflake in Idaho killed a family and destroyed a town

LOS ANGELES — A single snowflake that melted down a highway over a period of 10 hours in Idaho has killed four people and destroyed more than 20 homes, officials said Thursday.

The snowstorm in central Idaho was brought on by a blizzard on Wednesday and the snowflakes were buried deep underground in a landfill.

Officials said the fire destroyed four homes and left another 11 people homeless.

In addition to the three fatalities, seven people were injured, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management said.

Firefighters were dispatched to a house at the edge of a landfill about 2 miles (3 kilometers) south of Larkspur, about 40 miles (64 kilometers) northwest of Boise.

One of the homes burned down and there were five other homes damaged, the agency said.

The fire destroyed a trailer park, a trailer home, a mobile home and a home in the parking lot of the landfill, according to the B.L.M. The trailer was used by the residents of Laksa.

“We do not have any information on the cause of the fire, but we are grateful for the quick response from the local and state fire departments,” said the B