Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Firefighters battle 3 blazes in 3 days

Trailer home lost in blaze south of Ketchum

Express Staff Writer

The Ketchum Fire Department battled three blazes in three days this week.

The first blaze happened early Saturday night when firefighters were sent to investigate heavy smoke in West Ketchum. They discovered flames spewing out of a chimney in the River Ridge duplexes on River Ridge Lane.

Fire Chief Mike Elle said the damage was minimal, mostly paint discoloration, but an inspector will have to check for anything not immediately apparent. No injuries were reported.

A day later, firefighters hurried to J and J Trailer Park at about 6:30 p.m. The trailer park is near state Highway 75, close to St. Luke's Wood River Medical Center. Elle said the fire started in an older, singlewide trailer. The flames were caused by an electrical problem with the main power line, he said. Elle said the fire was quickly put out, but the trailer was totally lost due to structural damage caused by the low-burning fire.

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Elle said only a 16-year-old boy was home who called 9-1-1 because of the smoke. Elle said the boy wasn't harmed, but a firefighter suffered a "serious" knee injury.

The third fire occurred Monday between 4 and 4:30 p.m. when a two-ton landscaping truck's engine compartment caught fire on Ketchum's Main Street between Sun Valley Road and Fourth Street. Elle said the fire was out by the time firefighters arrived but cleanup was needed and the truck had to be towed. No one was injured.

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