Firefighters had to truck in water to the fire on Freedom Lane, off of Spangle Drive, because the area is a “unique pocket of the county with no hydrants,” said David Jones, deputy chief for operations with the Meridian Fire Department.
The neighborhood east of Locust Grove Road is in a pocket of rural fire district that is surrounded by the city of Meridian.
The homeowner and passers-by called in the fire in a detached garage/shop at about 8:05 a.m., and when fire crews arrived at 8:10 a.m., they found an 1800 square foot shop fully involved in flames.
“When firefighters arrived on scene, fire conditions were too severe to make entry into the building on fire," Jones said. "The lack of fire hydrants in this area also added to the complexity in getting this fire under control.”
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The decision not to enter the building proved to be a good one, Fire Chief Mark Niemeyer said: "Shortly after arriving, the roof collapsed.”
One person was evaluated by paramedics and treated on scene for smoke inhalation, but not transported to the hospital, according to a fire department news release. Crews from the Boise and Eagle fire departments assisted. A total of four fire engines, one ladder truck, two water tenders and an air supply van responded, MFD reports.
Fire investigators are working to determine the fire's cause.
“We have a general idea where the fire started, but given the amount of damage, it’s going to take quite a while to sift through the debris to try and determine the cause” said Fire Marshall Perry Palmer.
The home is in a subdivision close to Discovery Elementary School. Activities there were not affected by the fire, according to a school official. Wind blew smoke from the fire north, away from the school.