Woman treated after passing out in front of apartment

February 21, 2014 

Boise firefighters responded to three separate incidents at the same time Friday morning at the Civic Plaza Apartments, 190 E. Front St.

An elderly woman was treated and taken to a local hospital after passing out in front of the apartments, said Lynn Hightower, spokeswoman for the Boise Fire Department. The woman did not respond to questions from firefighters, so she was placed in an ambulance and taken to the hospital.

It was unclear this morning what caused the woman to pass out or whether she was a resident at the apartment complex, Hightower said.

Firefighters were initially called at 9:40 a.m. to deal with burning food in a sixth-floor apartment and a report of a possible electrical fire in a fifth-floor apartment.

The smelly smoke, it turned out, was caused by a resident using a self-cleaning oven. That operation uses high heat to burn up food particles inside the oven and can cause smoke.

There was no damage in the other apartment where food burned while cooking.

The building was evacuated briefly as firefighters assessed the situation.

Three engines and a ladder truck responded to the seven-story building located just east of the Ada County Courthouse.

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