A fire caused road closures and created a smoke hazard across the street from the Bengal creek apartments in Pocatello.
The blaze caused police to close the 18 and 19 hundred blocks of south 2nd avenue.
Public Information Officer for the Pocatello Police Department, Lieutenant Paul Manning observed that, “At this point, we believe that it started as a wild land fire and then got into some structures. We have three structures involved, one is a residence, and the others are sheds.”
One of the main challenges with this type of situation is to keep the area clear for everyone’s safety
“We got a lot of equipment, a lot of hoses, so that does present some hazards and we need the public to stay back,” Manning said.
One local man said that he wanted to help put the fire out as it was near his home, but when he did that, he ran into conflict.
Larry McCormack, who said that he lost camping equipment in the blaze explained his attempt to save his home and possessions, “I tried to put out the fire because they were all standing around and it didn’t seem like they were doing nothing, the next thing that i know, a bunch of cops piled on me, and handcuffed me and told me to stay over here and gave me a ticket.”
In explaining how Mr. McCormack was involved in trying the fight the fire, Lieutenant Manning explained that, “We had one citizen that crossed the fire line that decided that he wanted to fight the fire on his own and he had to be removed from the scene so we do want people to stay back and stay out of the way.”