Major fire at Idaho Youth Ranch warehouse, drivers asked to avoid area

Major fire at Idaho Youth Ranch warehouse
Posted at 2:24 PM, Jul 18, 2022
and last updated 2022-07-19 21:55:03-04

BOISE, Idaho UPDATE 7/19 — Boise Fire responded to a major 3-alarm fire at the Idaho Youth Ranch Boise Distribution Center on W. Irving Street Monday. Crews were out through Monday night into Tuesday morning fighting the blaze.

13 engines, 3 ladder trucks, 3 Command Officers and one rehab unit responded, as well as Ada County Paramedics and Boise Police.

Crews mainly fought the fire from the outside due to advanced fire conditions, according to Boise Fire Department.

Boise Fire says the Idaho Youth Ranch warehouse on the east side of the building collapsed and is completely destroyed. The Idaho Youth Ranch building also received some damage.

There are no reports of injuries to civilians. Three firefighters have were treated for injuries. One firefighter was transported to a local hospital in stable condition and was released later and two firefighters was treated and released on scene.

Boise Fire says there have been no reports of injuries among employees.

"People came through very quickly and evacuated the building. By the time I stood up and walked out I was the last person walking out. People cleared out very quickly. We've got a good team. They communicate well and listen to each other," said Scott Curtis, the Idaho Youth Ranch CEO.

Irving street between Orchard St. and Curtis St. was closed into Tuesday morning but reopened later in the day. Residents are reminded to continue to be cautious because smoke can still be toxic.

“With all the petrochemical components of plastics and so forth you really don’t want to be in that smoke. You really want to stay out of it. That’s one of the reasons we do notifications for the area  to have people have awareness to stay out of it," said Aaron Hummel, the Boise Fire Division Chief of Operations.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation. Anyone who witnessed anything before the fire started or has information about the fire is asked to call Ada County Dispatch at 208-377-6790.