No one was injured in a blaze that destroyed one half of a duplex at 1512 W. Boise Ave. Thursday morning.
A resident of the destroyed part of the structure, a grandfather, got checked out by paramedics after reporting chest pains, but he was up and conscious as fire fighters quickly knocked down the fire.
Though they had a handle on fire within about five minutes Boise firefighters say smoke and flames damaged most of the one home. The other part of the duplex, that was housing five people was not affected by the blaze, said Daryl Riedinger, battalion chief.
The fire department’s Burnout Fund and the Red Cross have been called to help the people who lived in that half of the residence.
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Boise Ave #fire UPDATE: Knockdown within 5 minutes. 6 people impacted. Extensive damage to 1 unit.Burnout Fund enroute. Under investigation.— Boise Fire Dept. (@BoiseFire) August 27, 2015
Dispatchers say the two-alarm fire was called in at 6:53 a.m. Firefighters called a second alarm, then quickly had the flames out. No cause was immediately available but a fire investigator is on scene.
The fire appears to have started in the front of the affected part of the duplex, in the kitchen, said resident of the unaffected half of the duplex, Megan Mitchell.
A combined six people live in both sides of the duplex, all part of the same family. Pets in the residence are also all safe.
Investigators ruled the cause was an accidental electrical fire, started in the kitchen. Boise Fire also noted there were no working smoke detectors in the residence.
Boise Ave. #fire ruled as accidental electrical fire which started in an area off the kitchen. No working smoke detectors.— Boise Fire Dept. (@BoiseFire) August 27, 2015
This is a breaking news report. Check back for further details as they are confirmed.
Battalion Chief says fire/smoke damaged most of the right duplex, but the left is ok. pic.twitter.com/3W2grh5R28— Erin Fenner (@erinfenner) August 27, 2015