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Footage shows home collapse onto firefighters, fire source still unknown

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Footage shows home collapse onto firefighters, fire source still unknown

By James Cramer. CREATED Sep 11, 2013

New footage has been released from the Castle Drive and Hill Road fire showing the home collapsing onto firefighters.


The house fire occurred on August 1st, and despite officers and fire officials conducting an investigation, cannot determine the source of how the fire started.


The property has since been returned to the control of the homeowners.


Boise Fire Chief Dennis Doan explained it was thanks to an alert firefighter whose training allowed him to recognize signs that the large structure was about to collapse, and the immediately notification from the Incident Commander warning firefighters to back away from the structure that likely saved several lives.


"Calm heads mean good decision making especially in a crisis. We train for the worst and that training paid off." said Chief Doan.

Two firefighters were injured in the collapse. Both were hit by falling debris that pushed them into the side of the neighbor’s home. One firefighter was hit in the chest, the other in the leg. Neither injury was serious.