Boise firefighters responded in force Saturday night to a fire fanned by high winds along the railroad at Kootenai and Federal Way. At least 12 fire aparatus were on the scene with 35-50 firefighters.
Police cordoned off the area which drew a host of onlookers as the flames and smoke lit up the nighttime sky.
It was by far the worst of several blazes that erupted when high winds ripped through the city. Several homes on Pico Street were either damaged or destroyed when the flames torched pine trees and a wooden fence adjoining the vacant field of dry grass.
There were also power outages throughout the city and booth at the Western Idaho Fair were also blown over according to some media reports.
UPDATE SUNDAY NIGHT–
Cable One has been out all day for us, so no previous updates. We talked to the owner of the single home on Pico that actually caught fire. He told the GUARDIAN the fire got into his attic and said it apparently started when an electric transformer exploded, igniting grass and pine trees. Several sheds and carports were either damaged or destroyed as well as wooden fences along the tracks.
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