Just before 10 p.m. last night, July 29, the Idaho Falls Fire Department was dispatched to the 1000 block of Halsey Street for a structure fire with reports of a garage on fire that was quickly spreading to vehicles and the neighbor’s fence.
The IFFD responded with four engines, three ambulances, a ladder truck, and a battalion chief. Five minutes after being dispatched, ambulance 12 arrived on scene first, reporting a fully engulfed garage fire. The vehicles in front of the garage were also on fire.
Structures that were in close proximity and threatened by the fire included a home that was detached from the garage and a shop on the adjacent property next to the garage.
One adult male was working inside the garage when the fire started. He was able to safely evacuate without injury. The homeowner’s two dogs were also uninjured.
Firefighters had the fire extinguished within eight minutes of being dispatched.
The cause of the fire was accidental in nature. The garage, one truck, three motorcycles, one 4-wheeler, and some fencing were all damaged, resulting in approximately $80,000 worth of damage. Firefighters were able to keep the fire from extending into the house and the neighbor’s shop.
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Media Contact: Kerry Hammon, Public Information Officer, Idaho Falls Fire Department and Idaho Falls Public Works, (208) 612-8122, [email protected]