So many years, I remember the end of the public fireworks display in Boise being followed immediately by a loud and extended chorus of fire truck sirens, responding to fireworks-sparked fires. It didn’t seem quite as bad or dramatic this year, despite the extremely dry conditions. The Boise Fire Department reports that it responded to 12 reports of fires yesterday on the Fourth of July, down slightly from 15 last year. Only one of this year’s blazes was not related to fireworks, though a number are still under investigation as to cause. “The vast majority of calls resulted in a quick response and little or no property damage,” the BFD reports.
There was a structure fire at a duplex on South Security Lane that resulted in serious damage; it was reported at 10 p.m., and crews found the roof partially ablaze; no one was injured. Though the cause remains under investigation, fireworks had been spotted in the area just before the fire ignited. Most of the other fires involved grass or brush.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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