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Residents displaced after two-alarm Boise apartment complex blaze

Crews battling two-alarm Boise apartment fire
Crews battling two-alarm Boise apartment fire
Crews battling two-alarm Boise apartment fire
Crews battling two-alarm Boise apartment fire
Crews battling two-alarm Boise apartment fire
Crews battling two-alarm Boise apartment fire
Posted at 11:10 AM, Sep 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-01 19:20:38-04

An apartment complex on the Boise Bench caught fire just after 10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 1, leaving dozens of residents displaced.

The Boise Fire Department is investigating the caue of that fire at the Parkwood Apartments on Clark Street.

"I look up and there's just smoke everywhere," said Josue Martin Chi Cordero, who lived in one of the unharmed buildings in the complex. "I didn't know what was going on...so I went over there and ash started falling on me."

Boise Fire crews say three fourplexes were involved in the fire. 

One is badly burned, while the second has significant smoke damage, making six of those apartments inhabitable. 

The third complex had minimal damage. 

"I just saw the smoke and I was like, 'Wow, I could've lost everything,'" said Dontiece Johnson, who lives nearby. "...I could've had nothing left. I was scared."

All of the residents were safely evacuated, and one firefighter is being treated for a shoulder injury.

"We do have our Boise Fire Department Burnout Fund," said Division Chief Randy Howell. "We have the Red Cross and we have the Trauma Intervention Program coming to help the displaced residents, and they'll help figure out for them where they go from here."

"there's a couple of teenagers that live upstairs that I'm friends with," Johnson said. "they don't have anything left and I'm offering them to stay at my place."