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Boise Fire responded to more fires on the Fourth of July this year than last,

The Fourth of July holiday kept Boise firefighters busy, but fortunately there have been no massive fires started in city limits as of Thursday afternoon. They did face one house fire started by fireworks.

  • On Tuesday, Boise Fire responded to five fires. Three were caused by fireworks and two have undetermined causes.

  • On Wednesday, Boise Fire responded to 13 fires. Five were caused by fireworks, three have undetermined causes and five were not caused by fireworks.

  • On Thursday, Boise Fire responded to three fires as of noon. Two were caused by fireworks, and one had an undetermined cause.

One house fire on the 4700 block of South Cole Road was caused by fireworks. When the first fire engine arrived, there was smoke showing from the attic. It appears that the fire started on the exterior of the home and extended to the attic.

There was extensive fire damage to the attic area, with smoke damage throughout the home.

The Boise Burnout Fund assisted those that were displaced. One occupant, who received minor burns to the arm, was treated at the scene. There were no other injuries.

The department did respond to more fires this holiday than last. Last year, over the Fourth of July holiday, firefighters responded to nine fires: four caused by fireworks and five with unknown causes.

The Boise Fire dive team also stayed busy on the Fourth of July. The team was on the Boise River from about 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday. The team carried out nine rescues, assisted numerous others and removed a number of tree snags that were causing problems for people on the river.

Ruth Brown: 208-377-6207, @RuthBrownNews
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