Four adults were displaced from their home following a chimney fire earlier this morning. The Idaho Falls Fire Department and Idaho Falls Police Department were dispatched to the 400 block of Lincoln Drive in Idaho Falls for a chimney fire just after midnight, Nov. 10.
The fire was upgraded to a structure fire with additional units dispatched after the reporting party told the ECO/dispatcher that the house was full of smoke and that the fire had possibly extended into the garage.
When firefighters arrived at the single family home, all four occupants and their dogs had evacuated without injury. Firefighters were able to keep the fire contained to the garage and reported having the flames extinguished approximately 9 minutes after the first engine arrived on scene. The Chaplains of Idaho were dispatched to assist the displaced family who later found shelter with family members.
The cause of the fire was from a faulty wood burning stove in the basement that caused a fire inside the chimney. The fire then extended into the garage. The attached garage was a complete loss. There was water damage in the basement of the home. Total damages are estimated at $70,000 for the structure and $30,000 for the contents inside the garage.
Three ambulances, three engines, a ladder truck, and the battalion chief responded to the fire.
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