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Wednesday, January 20, 2021

New strain of COVID-19 expected to appear in East Idaho soon


Health officials believe the new and more contagious strain of COVID-19 is likely soon to be, or is already in, East Idaho. The new variant of COVID-19, called SARS-CoV-2, B.1.1.7, has been detected in numerous states, including Wyoming. On Saturday, the Wyoming Department of Health confirmed the state’s first case of the variant was found in a Teton County adult man. Early contact tracing indicates the virus was transmitted locally, which leads Teton County, Idaho health officials to "expect that (the variant) is or will soon be in Teton County, Idaho," according to their recent press release.
KIFI-TV ABC 8 Idaho Falls


Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Fire, explosion damage Nampa storage facility


PHOTOS: Fire crews responded to a three-alarm fire early Saturday morning at North King Storage near Kings Road and Garrity Boulevard. The building and its contents suffered significant damage, according to the Nampa Fire Department. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. An explosion occurred while crews were battling the fire, knocking one firefighter to the ground, Nampa Fire Battalion Chief Eric White said. He was bruised but is OK, White said. Three other firefighters received minor injuries. One was taken to the hospital for stitches and then returned to the scene, White said. Crews from the Nampa, Caldwell, Meridian and Boise fire departments responded. The call came in at 2:53 a.m., and crews were on scene by 3 a.m. White estimates the fire was out within 40 to 45 minutes.
Nampa Idaho Press-Tribune

North Bannock Fire District seeks approval of new levy


The North Bannock Fire District plans to ask voters in May to approve a $500,000 annual levy to fund future operations of its volunteer fire department. If the new levy is approved, district officials say they’d be able to move forward with plans to build a second fire station in the Pocatello Creek Road neighborhood. Furthermore, the district’s property owners would enjoy a significant savings over what they’re currently paying. Fire district commissioners discussed the vote, which will need a two-thirds majority to pass, during a Friday meeting. For years, the district contracted with the city of Chubbuck for emergency and fire services. However, Chubbuck notified the department in late November of 2018 that the city could no longer afford to continue the arrangement. The North Bannock Fire Department, staffed by volunteers, formed in October of 2019 to assume those duties.
Idaho State Journal

Update: Second victim dies after Lemhi St. fire in Boise


A woman who has hospitalized Friday morning after escaping a house fire on West Lemhi Street has died from her injuries, the Boise Fire Department said Sunday. A man who was also in the house during the fire died Friday after being removed from the home by firefighters and taken to the hospital. The Ada County Coroner’s Office has not released the victims’ identities as of Monday morning. “Our hearts go out to the family and friends of both victims,” the Boise Fire Department said. The department has determined that the fire, reported at 3:56 a.m. Friday in the 2800 block of West Lemhi Street, started in the living room and was accidental. It was ignited by smoking materials and exacerbated by the presence of medical oxygen. There were also no working smoke detectors found in the home.
Nampa Idaho Press-Tribune







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