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Sep 18, 2009

House explodes, injures one, damages other homes, sends debris flying


02:27 PM MDT on Friday, September 18, 2009





Paul Boehlke/KTVB

A home in Nampa suffered major damage after an explosion rocked the house.


NAMPA -- A "large scale" explosion flattened one home, affected two nearby homes, and sent debris flying for up to three blocks away.

Incredible damage

It happened Friday morning at 407 Summer Court in Nampa. Firefighters say several callers told dispatchers they heard an explosion come from the home.

When they arrived on scene, one person was in the home. He has been identified as Larry King, who lived and worked out of the home.

"We did a search and found one gentleman who was in the structure," Nampa Fire Chief Doug Strosnider said.

King was taken to St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise where a hospital spokesperson tells us he is being evaluated.

Strosnider says the home suffered heavy damage from the explosion and fire. There is a lot of damage in the attic and the insulation was scattered everywhere.

The explosion was felt up to three blocks away according to neighbors. One person told KTVB that their animals were scared and he was nearly knocked out of his chair.

"It was massive. It was kinda like a plane going through a house. Like a sonic boom," neighbor Mike Ollinger said. "It's devastating. I couldn't even imagine if you were walking by when that thing blew. I still kinda have the jitters from it."

The family whose home exploded has a long road ahead.

"Their possessions pretty much gone - and all over this neighborhood," Strosnider said. "When I arrived it looked like snow was on that roof from the insulation."

The cause of the explosion isn't know. The Federal Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms is on the way, and Nampa Fire Department crews are also investigating.

The American Red Cross has also been called into help affected families.

Stay with KTVB.COM for updates.

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Dec 08, 2008

Gasoline ignites, burns Nampan

Alisa Angelakis 
Updated 13 hours 18 minutes ago

NAMPA — A 21-year-old man is fighting for his life in a Utah burn center after he was seriously burned at his Nampa home Saturday.

The young man sustained second- and third-degree burns on more than 80 percent of his body when he poured gasoline on an outdoor recreational fire to boost the flame, Deputy Fire Chief Doug Strosnider said. The man was holding the gasoline container and the fire traveled back up the liquid fuel as it was being poured onto the fire, officials said.

Fire crews arrived at the home on the 100 block of N. Venice Street at 10:30 p.m. Saturday. Heavy fire burst out of a detached garage behind the residence and threatened several area structures.

To safely start and maintain a fire, Deputy Fire Chief Doug Strosnider provided these safety tips:


  • Never use ignitable or flammable liquids, including all aerosols.
  • Dry wood and dry paper is the best fire starter.
  • Use small sticks to get the fire going, then add larger pieces of wood.
  • Specialized fire starter can be purchased at sporting goods stores.



The badly burned man was initially treated on location by fire department paramedics, then transported by Canyon County paramedics to St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise. After a short time at their facility, he was airlifted to the University of Utah Burn Center in Salt Lake City.

"It's brutal, absolutely brutal," Strosnider. "It's very difficult when you see someone burned."

Officials have not released the victim's name.

The burn victim, in this case, was running and the oxygen fed the fire, Strosnider said. The accident is a reminder to everyone to stop, drop and roll if caught on fire, he said.

The young man remains in a coma while his severely burned body is treated.

"He's not out of the woods," Strosnider said. "They have to literally scrub your raw body to get rid of the infection. It's absolutely terrible."

Strosnider said the man could be in the burn center for several months, and it is putting a financial strain on his family to be near him.

Donations to help this burn victim can be made at the Nampa Fire Administration Department, 1103 2nd St. S. or at Fire Station #1 in downtown Nampa

Oct 27, 2008
Construction personnel assess the rubble left behind after prefabricated portions of the new Robinson road overpass collapsed from the scafolding on which they were resting Monday along Interstate 84 in Nampa, Idaho. 14 workers were injured in what is being called a catastrophic collapse. However, no fatalities have been reported.
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A construction employee walks back to the construction site where prefabricated portions of the new Robinson road overpass collapsed around 2 p.m. Monday along interstate 84 in Nampa, Idaho.
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14 injured in Nampa overpass collapse

Idaho Press-Tribune Staff 
Updated 49 minutes ago

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NAMPA - Fourteen construction workers were injured after a section of the new Robinson Road bridge under construction collapsed to the ground this afternoon. Emergency crews rushed to the scene of the accident, which happened at about 2:15 p.m. at Robinson and Franklin roads near I-84. The workers were on top of a bridge under construction when it collapsed and fell to the ground. The span is being constructed at a site just off I-84 northwest of the former Robinson Road overpass. Concrete was being poured to form the deck of the bridge at the time of the accident. The workers were about 30 feet off the ground, according to officials on scene.

About an hour later, all victims were recovered and nobody was believed to be trapped underneath. No fatalities were reported but all 14 workers were transported by ground ambulance to three different hospitals in the area with non-life-threatening injuries. Their injuries included broken bones and lacerations, according to the Idaho Transportation Department.


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    A construction employee walks back to the construction site where prefabricated portions of the new Robinson road overpass collapsed around 2 p.m. Monday along interstate 84 in Nampa, Idaho.
    Charlie Litchfield/IPT

Another eight people were on the bridge at the time of the collapse but not seriously injured. The workers are employees of Graham Construction and Management of Spokane, Wash.

"It could have been a lot worse," said Nampa deputy fire chief Doug Strosnider. "The good Lord was looking out for folks in Nampa today."

Officials on scene were taking precautions several hours later in case of a secondary collapse. Tthe ground shook so much during the initial impact that there might be structural damage to other parts of the bridge, officials said. "Our biggest concern is if we have a secondary collapse," Strosnider said.

Strosnider was unsure of the cause of the collapse. The contractor in charge of building the bridge plans to hold a press conference today at 6:30 p.m. OSHA will launch an investigation of the incident and Idaho Transportation Department officials are expected to investigate as well. Construction on the project has come to a halt in light of today's incident.

The construction site is located just north of I-84 and west of Robinson Road. Traffic was not delayed as a result of the collapse. No motorists were in danger; the road near the construction site had been closed to traffic.

"We are relieved that no one was seriously hurt by this accident,"said Idaho Transportation Department Director Pamela Lowe. "We will begin immediately to work with the contractor to learn what happened."

Work started in late September to replace the I-84 overpasses at Robinson Boulevard and Black Cat Road. Work on both bridges has been suspended pending an investigation.

Graham Construction and Management of Spokane is the contractor on this $8.5 million project to rebuild the bridges.

The accident is not directly impacting motorists traveling on Interstate 84.


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The Nampa Fire Departmment is hosting an Open House/Family Fun and Safety Day, October 4th 2008 from 10:00am to 2:00pm. at the Nampa Fire Training Center. This community event will have numerous educational & fun activites for the community and children. Hope to see you there!

Download: Nampa Fire Expo Flyer.doc

Sep 27, 2008


Explosion, fire destroy local home

Updated 19 hours 51 minutes ago

NAMPA — An explosion and resulting fire destroyed a north Nampa home Friday afternoon.

Three people — a father and two sons — were in the home at the time of the explosion, but no one was injured, a Nampa Fire Department official said.

The explosion happened around noon and, according to a neighbor, blew the garage door off the two-story home on Thurgood Loop, northwest of the Idaho Center. An investigation by Nampa fire officials will attempt to determine the cause of the explosion and fire.

The home is a total loss, Nampa Deputy Fire Chief Doug Strosnider said.

It appeared the explosion and fire may have originated in the garage or the garage area of the home.

“I heard this explosion, it shook my windows,” said Kyle Hubbard, who lives across the street from the house the fire destroyed. “The flames were a good 15 or 20 feet above the house.”

Hubbard said the fire burned so hot, he moved the vehicle parked in his driveway closer to his house to get it away from the heat.

Most of the garage and a vehicle inside the garage were gutted by the fire, as well as a substantial portion of the rest of the house.

No other homes were damaged in the blaze. Five firefighting units responded to the fire, including one from Meridian.

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