Halloween maze burns in Idaho Falls, owner suspects arson

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) - A Halloween-season maze in eastern Idaho went up in flames this week and the man behind the project says he suspects arson.

Preston Walker tells the Idaho Falls Post-Register that he'd already done his regular walk-through of the Lost Monster Straw Maze on Tuesday night - to make sure nobody was still lurking inside.

About 10:30 p.m., however, the maze in Idaho Falls caught fire, pushing thick smoke from the blaze across the city that lingered through Wednesday.

Walker says he's 99 percent sure that somebody set the fire deliberately - a malicious act that destroyed the maze made up of about 1,000 one-ton straw bales.

Not only that, but a backhoe and other equipment were burned, pushing the estimated damage to $100,000.

Walker isn't sure if he'll rebuild.