Firefighter Seriously Injured in Blackfoot, ID, Fire

July 4, 2024
The Blackfoot firefighter was rushed to the hospital after an overhead garage door collapsed on him.

A firefighter was flown to the hospital after he was caught in a partial collapse at a fire in Blackfoot Wednesday.

Firefighters were called out before 2 p.m. when a controlled burn on a farm near Rockford got out of control and strong winds spread to a shop building, according to the Idaho State Journal.

Blackfoot Fire Chief Bryon Howell told the newspaper that the firefighter was injured when a header from the garage door collapsed and fell on him after the fire was contained.

The firefighter was flown by Life Flight to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center, according to  a statement from the City of Blackfoot

Howell said the firefighter is expected to recover and was later listed in stable condition. 

Additional firefighters from Firth and Fort Hall were called to assist with containing the fire.

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Peter Matthews is the conference director and editor-in-chief of Firehouse. He has worked at Firehouse since 1999, serving in various roles on both Firehouse Magazine and staffs. He completed an internship with the Rochester, NY, Fire Department and served with fire departments in Rush, NY, and Laurel, MD, and was a lieutenant with the Glenwood Fire Company in Glenwood, NY. Matthews served as photographer for the St. Paul, MN, Fire Department.        

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