POCATELLO — Two fires in less than 10 hours kept firefighters busy and brought the total number of structure fires in the city to four in less than three weeks. No one was hurt.
The cause of at least three out of four structure fires in Pocatello in the past month remains unknown.
A fire was reported in a garage area of the Pocatello Heights Apartments at 344 N. 15th Ave. at about 5 a.m. Wednesday. The blaze damaged two passenger cars, a truck and a boat.
The garage structure itself was also heavily damaged and had been propped up with boards by Wednesday afternoon to keep it from falling over.
At about 10 p.m. Tuesday, firefighters responded to the 500 block of West Bonneville Street in Old Town for the report of structure fire. The fire resulted in the closure of Bonneville Street and the street remained closed on Wednesday morning with firefighters still at the scene.
Assistant Fire Chief Tom Sanford said the fire remains under investigation, but it appears that extension cords used in the house might have contributed to starting the blaze, but the cause has not yet been determined.
A Journal reporter at the scene reported that no flames were showing in the building, but heavy smoke was billowing out of the roof.
Firefighters said Tuesday that the attic of the building was gutted. Though the interior of the home was not damaged, firefighters say the structure will not be livable until repairs are made to the attic.
Firefighters responded to another blaze Sunday at a residence on North Arthur Avenue, and on Oct. 30, a fire struck the home of “The Voice of the Bengals,’” Jerry Miller, on South 19th Avenue. Assistant Fire Chief Tom Sanford said the blaze started in the attic near a chimney flue and was concentrated in the attic and roof of the home.
Sanford said the stove was newly installed.