Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Chief Praises Officers Response at Fire

Chief Praises Officers Response at Fire

Boise, August 15, 2006 - Boise Police Chief Michael Masterson is praising the officers who arrived first to a burning apartment building early this morning. The officers are credited with beginning a safe evacuation of the building, then assisting Fire by obtaining a list of building tennants so all residents could be accounted for.

"As emergency responders, these officers first priority is to protect human life and that's what they did this morning," said Chief Masterson. "It's a tribute to their quick thinking, along with the efforts of the Fire Department and even the residents themselves that no one was injured in this terribly destructive fire."

     Officers were initially dispatched to help with traffic control on the fire at Marvin Lane, near Overland and Curtis. According to dispatch, Police were sent to the scene at 4:27 a.m. and arrived at 4:29, just before the first fire crews.

Officer Dave Hunsaker and Officer Dave Hoffman arrived to find one building of the apartment heavily involved in flames. The officers immediately began evacuating sleepy residents. Officers say the heat was getting so intense, they could see the paint begin to bubble on the walls as they were helping residents out of their apartments.

As evacuated residents gathered at a convenience store across the street, officers then contacted apartment managers who were able to provide a list of tennants. The list helped officers quickly account for all the affected residents, which according to Boise Fire Deputy Chief Dave Hanneman was a terrific help to arriving fire crews.    

"I'm proud of the way these officers responded to this emergency," said Chief Masterson. "Their response was alert and quick just as they were about to come off a busy night shift. That response helped prevent even greater tragedy. We're very glad all the residents are safe."     

Boise Police Arson Investigators are still on scene of the fire. A cause has not yet been determined. In all, 16 apartments were heavily damaged or destroyed by the fire. 30 people were evacuated.