Around 10 pm on October 27, 2022, the Boise Fire Department responded to a two-story house fire with an adult victim on the 3600 block of N. Arborcrest Ct. First arriving fire crews found advanced fire conditions, and were not able to enter the home due to an already collapsing structure and the high risk of further collapse. Eventually, a second-alarm was requested due to the fire conditions and proximity to other homes. Firefighters engaged the fire from the exterior of the building to prevent the flames from spreading.
Crews had the fire under control within about 20 minutes. The fire involved the entire structure with severe damage to the north and east corners of the home. A total of two trucks, seven engines, one ambulance, two battalion chiefs and one division chief responded to the fire.
There was one fatality. No firefighter injuries were reported. Boise Fire and Boise Police are investigating the cause of the fire. The identity of the victim will be released by the Ada County Coroner.
“Crews were operating in a very hazardous environment and made numerous attempts to find a way to enter the collapsing structure. Our hearts go out to the victim’s family,” said Aaron Hummel Boise Fire’s Division Chief of Operations. “I commend the Boise and Meridian fire crews for their quick response in preventing the fire from spreading to surrounding homes.”