Idaho News

Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Dog dies but Pocatello firefighters able to save two homes and cat from blazes

A dog died but firefighters were able to save two homes and a cat from a pair of Monday morning fires. Neither blaze resulted in any injuries to people. The canine died in the second fire, which occurred around 11:30 a.m. at a single-story home on the 100 block of Chase Street near Greenacres Elementary School. The fire was reported by a neighbor who saw the smoke billowing from the residence, the Fire Department said. A woman residing in a basement apartment at the home was able to safely evacuate, firefighters said. The fire started in the upper floor of the residence, where the dog was present. The dog’s owner was not home at the time because she was taking her other canine to the veterinarian, the Fire Department said.
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30 vehicles involved in crash near Pocatello, fog likely to blame

Idaho State Police is investigating a multi-vehicle crash that happened Monday morning on I-86. Police say a thick layer of fog covered part of the interstate, causing visibility to significantly decrease in a short amount of time. This caused vehicles to significantly slow down. Personal and commercial vehicles ran into each other causing a chain reaction of approximately 30 vehicles to be involved in the crash. A few people were taken to nearby hospitals by ambulance with minor injuries. Traffic on I-86 was blocked between exit 56 and exit 59 for approximately 7 hours.

Monday, November 27, 2023

Overheated lithium battery determined as cause of Jerome house fire

PHOTO: The Jerome City Fire Department was dispatched to a residential structure fire early Sunday morning, when they arrived flames were coming from the windows with heavy fire and thick smoke. The occupants of the home got out safely with minor injuries. According to a social media post from the department, investigators from Jerome City Fire Department and the Idaho State Fire Marshal’s Office determined the cause of the fire was due to overheating of a lithium battery for a radio-controlled car that caused a chemical reaction and the battery caught on fire. The blaze gutted the single-family home. The Jerome Police Department would like to remind everyone how important it is to have working smoke alarms. If you do not have any, please contact the department and they can help provide them for your home.
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Crews respond to fire at Idaho Falls adult living facility

At 2:58 p.m. Wednesday, the Idaho Falls Fire Department was dispatched to an adult living facility located at 163 E. Elva Street in Idaho Falls for a report of a structure fire. The IFFD responded with one ladder truck, three engines, two ambulances, and a battalion chief. When Engine 1 arrived on the scene at 3:02 p.m., they reported a small single-story residence with heavy smoke coming from the home, with an evacuation in progress. Idaho Falls Power responded to assist with utilities. Firefighters were able to keep the fire contained to one back bedroom. The fire was extinguished by 3:05 p.m., and firefighters provided ventilation to the home while checking for fire extension into other rooms and the attic. The three occupants who live in the room where the fire originated were at work at the time of the fire.
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