Engine Company

Multifamily Dwelling Fire Lessons

Issue 4 and Volume 161.

BY TRACY J. RAYNOR At 0426 hours on August 15, 2006, the Boise (ID) Fire Department responded to a reported fire in a multiple family dwelling located at the corner of Curtis and Overland Roads. The caller reported to dispatch that “there were flames everywhere”; prior to disconnecting, the caller stated, “It just blew up.” After receiving this updated information from the dispatch center, the chief from the second battalion ordered a second alarm at 0429 hours, which brought a response of five engines, two trucks, two battalion chiefs, an incident safety officer, and a number of command staff. The structure was a two-story, wood-frame multiple family dwelling approximately 50 feet wide by 150 feet long, consisting of 16 apartments, eight per floor. The building used traditional wood framing members; no lightweight engineered wood members were used. At each end of the building, four apartments (two per floor, set side…

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