Three Idaho Firefighters suffered serious burn injuries when their fire truck caught fire at the scene of a wildfire south of this Bannock County town. The fire was reported around 11 a.m. Monday and initially threatened multiple houses that were about 100 yards from the flames. The 3 Downey Fire Department firefighters suffered injuries in what’s being called a “freak accident” that occurred at the fire scene. The firefighters were in their five-ton, 6 X 6 fire apparatus when a gasoline can fell off the truck. The truck then ran over the can, which was full of gasoline, and this caused the truck to ignite and quickly become engulfed by flames.
Reports are that a gas can come loose, fell out of the apparatus and they were backing up when they ran the gas can over and it ignited in the black (burned grass) as there were enough embers that it went up.”
The firefighters escaped the rig but all three suffered burns — one of them on 40 percent of his body. The other two firefighters suffered less severe burns and one of the two also broke his leg.
All three of the injured members transported via Downey Ambulance to Portneuf Medical Center in Pocatello for treatment. Condition updates have not yet been released.
Though the fire apparatus was destroyed by the fire/
The names of the injured firefighters have not yet been released. Downey Fire Department officials said that in response to the firefighters being injured the department will be reviewing its policies and procedures to prevent future accidents. KTIYP’s.