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Fireman Shocked By Downed Power Line At Structure Fire
Boise, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) - One firefighter suffered a minor injury after being shocked by downed power lines while fighting a fire that went 3-Alarm in Garden City this afternoon.
Three other people, including one man who identified himself as a resident of the structure that burned were seen by Paramedics on scene complaining of smoke inhalation. No one was taken to the hospital.
"This fire posed some very real hazards to firefighters, from explosions from small arms ammunition to live downed power lines," said Battalion Chief Aaron Hummel of the Boise Fire Department. "We're very thankful that, due to training and even some luck, we had no other injuries in this fire.
Firefighters were called by neighbors at 5:25 p.m. reporting a structure on fire on the 200 block of N. 43rd Street on Garden City. The initial call to firefighters also reported three people may be inside the building. When firefighters arrived, they found a large, two story metal and wooden structure fully involved. Fortunately, everyone had gotten out of the building and made their way to safety.
The structure appears to have been a large storage building also converted to include two apartments. At least one was occupied when the fire began.
Fire Commanders called a third alarm to bring additional resources primarily to protect an adjacent school as well as three nearby homes. The structure had ignited some dry grass which, for a time threatened the nearby homes. A fence between the burning structure and the school was also in danger of catching fire.
What started the fire is unknown at this time. The cause is under investigation by Boise Fire and Garden City Police Investigators.
While battling the flames, firefighters heard several small explosions consistent with small ammunition igniting and firing. The fire also caused power lines to go down covering part of the southwest corner of the structure. The lines were live, which caused injury to one firefighter.
The heat also kept Paramedics busy, monitoring firefighters for hydration and heat exposure.