Boise & Garden City

1 person dead, 5 injured in Boise apartment fire

One person died in a northwest Boise apartment fire Saturday.
One person died in a northwest Boise apartment fire Saturday.

A Boise apartment complex went up in flames Saturday afternoon, leaving one person dead and five more injured, according to Boise Fire Department.

Markus Benedick of Caldwell was hanging out with a friend in a third floor apartment at Arbor Crossing Apartments, on the 5100 block of West Stoker Lane, when they heard a faint fire alarm and smelled smoke in apartment below.

“They go off all the time, but usually it's just (burning) food.”

He said he went downstairs to investigate and could see flames through balcony window. He knocked, yelled and opened the apartment door but couldn't see anything due to all the smoke and flames.

Benedick said he thought about grabbing a fire extinguisher from the stairwell but thought the fire was moving too fast. He ran back upstairs to his friend.

“I was like ‘We've got to get out of here, the fire is out of control. Grab your cat.’”

He said the smoke in the stairwell was thick as they escaped, and he ran to notify apartment managers.

Benedick said a middle-aged woman lived in the apt where the fire started.

Crews responded around 1:15 p.m. and flames and smoke were already visible, said Tammy Barry, spokesperson for Boise Fire Department.

Two adults and one child were treated for non-life-threatening injuries on scene. A firefighter also sustained minor injuries. One person was sent to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. One person died, Barry said.

Four and 10 engines were on scene with crews from Boise, Meridian and Eagle responding to the scene near North Market and West Mercurio lanes.

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time, Barry said. The person who died has not yet been identified.

Erin Fenner: 208-377-6207, @erinfenner

Katy Moeller: 208-377-6413, @KatyMoeller