Multiple Fire Departments Battle Large Fire In Downtown Jerome


By Paul Johnson
By Brandon Redmond
By Joey Martin

UPDATED INFORMATION - The city of Jerome said west Main Street in front of the burned out building will remain closed until Friday.

UPDATED INFORMATION - As of 9am this morning a crew from the Jerome Fire Department remains on the scene. FROM THE SCENE: A ladder truck remains in position as crews continue to battle hot spots. Idaho Power crews have been requested to return power to the remaining businesses not affected by the fire. Nearby buildings surrounding the gutted building have smoke damage. The Harvest Moon Cafe to the East of the burned structure appears to have suffered severe damage. Last night, crews were working to douse a fire that had begun in the ceiling and on the roof of that structure. Officials are beginning their investigation into what caused the fire. The Red Cross have taken all of the displaced families to the Jerome County Fairgrounds for shelter. A command post has been established there. Everyone who lived in the building have been accounted for and at this time there have not been any reported injuries associated with the fire. New photos from this morning are included in the photo gallery associated with this story.

UPDATED INFORMATION - The fire continues to burn out of control. Jerome officials are urging people to stay away from the scene. There is no water shortage at this time. Officials expect the fire to burn throughout the night.

UPDATED INFORMATION - The Rock Creek/Kimberly fire department has been dispatched for assistance.

UPDATED INFORMATION - The Richfield fire department has been dispatched to assist.

UPDATED INFORMATION - A total of 9 apartments, 10 families with 47 people have been displaced. The fire was reported at about 4:30pm today at 126 West Main Street.

UPDATED INFORMATION - The Red Cross has set up a command post. CORRECTION -- They are setting up at the Jerome County Fairgrounds.

UPDATED INFORMATION - It has been confirmed that ten families have been displaced. Filer fire has been dispatched to the scene with their ladder truck and a crew.

UPDATED INFORMATION (9:00 PM) - Firefighters are again losing control control of the fire in downtown Jerome. At least one small explosion has been reported. We have several crews on the scene working to bring you the latest information.

UPDATED INFORMATION - More photos have been added to the gallery associated with this Story.

UPDATED INFORMATION - The first building that was reported on fire has collapsed. The water level in the city is running low according to unconfirmed reports.

UPDATED INFORMATION - Another ladder crew has been dispatched from Twin Falls. Also, everyone has been accounted for. No one is missing.

UPDATED INFORMATION - One crew from the Twin Falls Fire District has been dispatched the the scene. From the scene, the winds are reported at 33 miles an hour with 43 mile per hour gusts.

UPDATED INFORMATION - The fire has now spread to another building and additional crews from surrounding cities have been dispatched for mutual aid. The first fire started in the building next to the Harvest Moon cafe. Crews on scene say now the fire is burning out of control and the roof of the harvest moon cafe is burning. Two crews from Wendell, and one crew from Shoshone and Bliss have been dispatched to assist.

UPDATED INFORMATION - The roads in the area have been closed. From City Hall, "The 100 block of West Main Street and South Lincoln between A and 1st are closed."

UPDATED INFORMATION - From the scene, reports of several families that will be displaced from their home because of the fire. Fire command also is reporting that a portion of the roof of the building has collapsed. We have an unconfirmed report of one person who has an apartment above the business who has not been heard from. Rescue personnel are conducting a search.

UPDATED INFORMATION - New photos from scene.The fire is reported at the Harvest Moon cafe.

Jerome, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) - Jerome Firefighters are on the scene of a structure fire in a commercial building in the 100 block of West Main. At this time black smoke is reported. Idaho’s first news has a reporter on the scene and we will have the latest information as it becomes available. The report of the fire came in at around 4:45 this afternoon.

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