AMMON, Idaho (KIFI) – UPDATE At 5:00 p.m., the Bonneville County Fire District, Ammon Division responded to S Falcon Drive for a structure fire at 11:34 p.m. Tuesday.
The building consisted of several townhouses and was reportedly fully engulfed with a potential for people trapped inside. Everyone inside the building managed to escape and there were no injuries or deaths to report.
Three apartments in total were affected by the flames. Two units received the majority of damage on their second floor only, but the other unit was completed devastated.
Ucon Fire Department provided assistance, Idaho Falls Fire Department also responded for EMS.
When firefighters arrived at the scene, they encountered several townhouses with the entire exterior wall on fire.
The first engine quickly put out all the fires on the exterior walls. It took over three hours to completely extinguish all of the flames.
Two dogs, two cats and a snake were rescued.
Due to the construction of the building, and several renovations on the roof. The attic and the roof were difficult to extinguish completely. Two ladder trucks were used to access the front from above.
After the wreckage was examined this morning, the fire is believed to have started in the backyard of one of the townhouses because of the explosions people were hearing. The exact cause of the explosion remains to be determined.
Three cars were also damaged and can no longer be driven.
Firefighters remind everyone to keep track of their flammable materials and combustible objects to avoid fires.
The three displaced families are currently being assisted with housing and other resources by the Red Cross.
ORIGINAL: Firefighters worked early Wednesday morning on a blaze that damaged some townhouses at the Pheasant Estate complex.
The townhouses are located on Falcon Drive in Ammon.
The fire broke out in one of the townhouses around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday evening.
Some houses were completely on fire when the firefighters arrived.
Dozens of people around the houses were evacuated. Some witnesses said they heard explosions before they had to evacuate.
The cause of the fire is still unknown.
No injuries were reported.