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The Idaho Falls Fire Department and Idaho Falls Police Department were dispatched to the Garfield Apartments located at the 500 block of N. Fanning Avenue at approximately 1:30 p.m. this afternoon for a report of an explosion inside an apartment complex.
The reporting person told dispatch that there was a “huge explosion” on the third floor that caused windows to blow out and shook the entire building. There was another report that there was a propane tank inside an apartment.
There were four individuals inside the apartment at the time of the incident. Two adult males were transported by ambulance to the hospital in critical condition. One child and one adult male had minor injuries but were not transported by ambulance. There were no other injuries to civilians or first responders.
On arrival firefighters reported heat and smoke coming from the third floor of a large apartment complex. There was a small fire that was isolated to one apartment which was extinguished quickly, causing no further damage or injuries. While the explosion and fire caused only minor damage to the apartment, the extent of the structural damage to the entire complex is unknown at this time.
Four ambulances, two engines, the ladder truck, one battalion chief, and two chief officers responded, as well as several police officers. Intermountain Gas and Idaho Falls Power responded to secure utilities. IFPD closed roads in the immediate area and assisted with evacuations. The City’s Building Inspector responded to evaluate the structural integrity of the building.
IFFD’s Fire Prevention and Investigation Division is investigating the cause of the incident. The estimated damages are unknown, and no additional information is available at this time.
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Media Contact: Kerry Hammon, Public Information Officer, (208) 612-8122, [email protected].