Meridian fire damages multiple structures as crews also battle summer heat

By July 30, 2018No Comments

MERIDIAN — Meridian Fire investigators are trying to determine what sparked a blaze that caused significant damage to property on Monday.

The fire was reported shortly before noon on South Rolling Hills Drive. Firefighters arrived within five minutes to find a fully involved hay barn, and a detached garage and home on fire. Crews battled immense heat to knock down the flames at all the structures with 21 minutes of their arrival.

It was a difficult fire to fight, according to Battalion Chief Tyler Rountree, and was complicated by multiple buildings on fire and flames in the home’s attic.

“A lot of challenges today operationally with this fire,” Rountree said. “Our firefighters performed very well considering everything that was going on at the scene.”

Multiple agencies responded to the fire, with 22 personnel at the scene. Meridian Fire Chief Mark Niemeyer explained that summer heat adds another challenge that requires additional resources.

“In this heat, work cycles need to be closely monitored to prevent heat exhaustion,” Niemeyer said. “This requires us to put more resources on scene than normal operations. Fortunately we have a great mutual aid system in Ada County and the Treasure Valley to get the needed resources to the incident.”

Meridian Fire investigators, with the help of the State Fire Marshal’s Office, are working to determine the cause of the fire.

No one was injured, and two cats were safely rescued from the home. Its residents are being assisted by the Meridian Fire Department’s Burnout fund.

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