LEWISTON - On Monday, January 23, 2023 at approximately 11:01 a.m., fire crews responded to the 0100 block of 24th Street in East Lewiston for a structure fire.
According to a press release from the Lewiston Fire Department, initial reports to 911 stated that an explosion was heard and that there was a house on fire. While enroute, crews could see a large column of black smoke coming from the area.
Fire units arrived on scene within four minutes of dispatch and found the single-story home to be fully engulfed. After being advised that everyone was out of the home, fire crews fought the fire from the outside with large hose lines. Because of the large amount of fire, crews had to call in a backhoe from the city street department to assist with spreading out debris outside the home and assisting crews with opening up a portion of the home so the fire could be knocked down.
One occupant of the home was burned and was treated by paramedics on scene before being transported to a local hospital.
According to the release from the LFD, due to the amount of damage, the structure and its contents are considered a total loss. The fire cause of the fire is being listed as undetermined.
A total of 26 personnel responded to the fire which included the Lewiston Fire Department, Clarkston Fire Department and Clearwater Paper Fire Department. Off duty personnel were also called back to the stations for additional staffing and they responded to 4 emergencies while crews were fighting the fire.
The Red Cross was called in to assist those who were living in the home.