BOISE, Idaho — The Boise Fire Department and Ada County Paramedics responded to a reported structure fire at the VA Medical Center in Boise on Friday night. However, fire officials say it was just a fail compressor in the attic of one of the buildings that tripped a breaker - there was no actual fire.
Ada County Dispatch said the fire was first reported at 8:19 p.m. and said five fire engines, two fire trucks, and two battalion chiefs at the scene, along with one medic and a medic supervisor.
Battalion Chief Steve Rasulo said firefighters found a failed compressor in the attic of one of the buildings that had failed, which tripped the breakers. Smoke was in the building, but that has since been cleared out.
The issue was then the breaker that tripped is tied to parts of the hospital that have patients in it, according to Rasulo. If power cannot be restored, patients at the medical center will have to transport to a local hospital.
"We're kind of in that holding pattern, we have a bed count, we know the patients, if necessary, that have to be moved," Rasulo said. "But the hope is that we get power reestablished and everything else we're doing will be an exercise that won't have to come into play."
Rasulo said they were able to restore power, so there will be no need to evacuate any of the patients.
This is a developing story and this article will be updated when further information is made available.