Firefighter injured battling 3-Alarm building fire

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Firefighter injured battling 3-Alarm building fire

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by KTVB.COM

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Posted on August 18, 2013 at 9:16 PM

Updated Monday, Aug 19 at 7:00 AM

GARDEN CITY -- A firefighter suffered a minor injury after being shocked by a downed power line while fighting a 3-Alarm fire that threatened to torch a nearby charter school, officials said.

The fire broke out just before 5:30 p.m. at a building on East 43rd Street, between Adams Street and Chinden Boulevard.

Once crews arrived on scene, they found heavy flames coming from the large, two-story metal and wooden building and quickly called for a second alarm. Not long after, a third alarm was called due to high temperatures and the threat to Anser Charter School, which is adjacent to the building that was on fire.

Firefighters say the flames spread to some grass and a fence nearby, but they were able to extinguish it before it reached the school or nearby homes.

The structure appears to have been a large storage building, converted to include two apartments.

Boise Fire Battalion Chief Aaron Hummel tells KTVB that there was one person inside the building when the fire started. He made it out safely and was treated at the scene for smoke inhalation. Two others were also treated for smoke inhalation, officials said. No one was taken to the hospital.

Hummel said while crews were attacking the fire, they heard a series of small explosions, possibly caused by ammunition heating up.

"It's one of the many hazards of the job," Hummel said. "There have been firefighters injured and killed from ammunition going off. It's typically not trained in any particular direction, so that amongst other hazards are just some of the things we have to deal with."

Those other hazards include fallen power lines. The fire caused power lines to go down covering part of the southwest corner of the building. The lines were live, which caused the injury to the firefighter.

The fire is believed to have started on the west side of the building, but the exact cause is still under investigation.

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