Idaho Falls, ID: On June 2, 2019 at approximately 11:45 a.m. the Idaho Falls Fire Department and Idaho Falls Police Department were dispatched to the 300 block of Lindsay Boulevard for a report of an explosion inside of a single story brick building.
When firefighters arrived on scene they found a large, black plume of smoke and flames coming from the windows on the east side of the building along Lindsay Boulevard. The fire was upgraded to a two-alarm fire and additional crews were dispatched. IFPD closed off Lindsay Boulevard between Broadway and Seattle Street. Intermountain Gas and Idaho Falls Power were called to shut off utilities.
Bystanders reported hearing an explosion from inside the building. They reported that one adult male was inside the building at the time and that he was blown from the building during the explosion. Bystanders also reported that another adult male was located outside on the west side of the building. It is unknown at this time if that individual was inside the building at the time of the incident. Both individuals were transported via ambulance to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center. Their condition is unknown at this time.
Firefighters quickly began extinguishing the fire, however the large amount of upholstery and other items inside the building made it challenging for firefighters to extinguish hot spots. By approximately 1:30 p.m., all of the hot spots were extinguished. There were other structures in the area, including one that shared an adjoining wall. The extent of damage to that structure is unknown at this time.
Firefighters will remain on scene into the afternoon to overhaul and remove the upholstery and other items from the building to ensure that the fire is completely extinguished. All items inside were damaged, however the monetary value of the items or the building is unknown at this time. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
A total of five engines, two ambulances, one Battalion Chief and one Public Information Officer responded.
Media Contact: Kerry Hammon, Public Information Officer, Idaho Falls Fire Department, (208) 612-8122. ###