Video shows Boise home collapse after three alarm fire
Photo: Image by Boise Fire Dept.
Boise firefighters are still mopping up after battling a fast moving fire in northwest Boise on Thursday night. A passerby reported the fire at a three-story home on the northeast corner of W. Hill Road and Castle Drive at 9:30 p.m. Responding fire crews saw smoke a half-mile away and quickly called for backup before arriving on scene.
The flames were so extensive and aggressive that firefighters did not attempt to enter the home. Neighbors told assisting Boise Police officers the home was being remodeled and no one was living there at the time.
Less than 15 minutes into the battle, firefighters were called away just as a side of the structure collapsed. The 5,000 square foot house continued to fall as firefighters worked hard to keep the flames from spreading.
Boise Police officers went door-to-door in the neighborhood just south of the fire alerting neighbors to the flying embers; however, the flames shot so high into the air during the peak of the fire, the roofs of two homes south of Hill Road on W. Holli Hill Drive caught fire.
The Boise Fire Department says remodeling causes fires to burn quickly. The home was being remodeled and the interior was nearly gutted. Some interior walls had no sheetrock, meaning the fire could move quickly, causing the structural support to quickly collapse.
The fire also caused minor damage to two smaller outbuildings on the property just north of the house.
To allow for fire operations, Boise Police closed Hill Road between N. Collister Drive and N. Turret Way. Lane restrictions will likely be in effect through Friday morning as firefighters remain on scene dousing hot spots.
At this time, the cause of the fire is unknown.