Idaho News

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Electric heater blamed for Lewiston shop fire

An early morning fire in the Lewiston Orchards Wednesday destroyed a shop, Lewiston Fire Department officials said in a press release. The 911 call came in at 3:28 a.m. at 420 Preston Avenue. First arriving crews found an unattached shop fully involved with fire, according to fire official Ken Schmidt. "Crews were able to knock down the fire within 15 minutes," he wrote. "The shop and all contents were a total loss." There was no damage to the residence. The cause of the fire was an electric heater left to close to combustibles. The estimated damage to the structure and contents is about $75,000. No one was hurt.
KLEW-TV CBS 3 Lewiston

Related: Three Lewiston fires in five days prompts warning

The Lewiston Fire Department wants people to look out for each other and keep everyone safe by being aware of fire hazards and practicing fire safety precautions. The fire department has responded to three structure fires in the past five days that have resulted in injuries to people, losses of multiple pets and almost a half-million dollars in damage, Lewiston Fire Chief Travis Myklebust said in a news release. While people are staying at home during Gov. Brad Little’s mandatory order, everyone should perform good fire safety practices, Myklebust said. “Please test your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms and make sure they have working batteries,” Myklebust said. “Take time with your family and go over your home escape plan and then practice it. Remember to have two ways out of every room and have a central meeting spot outside.”
Lewiston Tribune

Barn fire in Grangeville

PHOTOS: Firefighters with the Grangeville Rural Fire Department responded to 616 Tolo Lake Road Saturday, March 28, at 6:44 p.m., to a barn fully engulfed in fire. Crews worked on containing the fire to the structure, and spraying down adjacent grass to prevent the blaze from spreading. Owned by the Hauger family, the approximately 80-year-old barn was destroyed. Cause of the fire is believed to have originated from a burn pile conducted three days prior, which re-ignited due to wind.
Idaho County Free Press

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

6.5 earthquake reported near Stanley: ’Like a herd of rhinos running through the house’

VIDEO: A 6.5 magnitude earthquake rocked central Idaho just before 6 p.m. Tuesday evening, marking the state's largest earthquake in nearly 40 years. The USGS reports the earthquake struck northwest of the small mountain town of Stanley. Reports have been flooding into the CBS2 newsroom and on social media from all over the northwest and even Canada. Viewers have reported it lasted anywhere between 20-30 seconds. Greg Hogan, owner of Redwood Cabins in Stanley, told CBS2 that the earthquake took him and his 12-year-old son by surprise. "It was like a heard of rhinos, rhinoceros were running through the house," Hogan said. "My boy's looking at me with his eyes wide open and I just picked him up, grabbed him, and went outside until it settled down. It was a rattler." Hogan and his boy took a drive around town afterward and it appears as if everything and everyone is OK.
CBS 2 Idaho News

Pocatello Fire Department, North Bannock Fire District partner to create online COVID-19 resource guide

The United Way of Southeastern Idaho, along with various community partners (Pocatello Fire Department, JustServe, Area Agency on Aging, Life Inc., North Bannock Fire District and Southeastern Idaho Public Health), have created an online resource guide to help citizens find area resources to meet their needs for essential services. This guide is designed to help area residents locate essential services, such as utility payment assistance, food services and much more. During this challenging time, more and more people need to self-isolate for many different reasons. They could be part of a high-risk population (over the age of 60 or have underlying health conditions) or maybe they have returned from an area where there have been confirmed cases of community spread.
Idaho State Journal

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