Massive fire destroys fur and leather processing building
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UCON — An Idaho State Fire Marshal has been dispatched to investigate an early morning fire resulting in a significant financial loss.
Eagle Rock Fur & Leather’s processing building on the 11000 block of N. Yellowstone Hwy is likely a total loss following a massive fire early Tuesday morning.
The call came in at 1:21 a.m. A Ucon Police officer was only blocks away and arrived on scene within seconds. The first Ucon firefighters arrived moments later and reported the roof of the building was fully engulfed.
Several engines from Ucon and the Ammon Fire Department responded.
Due to the extent of the fire, officials say it was unsafe for firefighters to enter the building. A defensive attack was chosen to isolate and control the structure.
The brick-walled building had no windows, forcing crews to attack the fire from the collapsed roof.
The Ucon Fire Department anticipates extensive water damage to the basement of the building due to broken water lines. The water main shut off valve is located in the basement of the building, meaning several feet of water will likely have to be pumped out to access the valve.
The cause of the fire is unknown.
Eagle Rock Fur & Leather’s specializes in processing hides from animals like fox, beaver, coyote and wolves. They offer services to include making clothing and home decor out of the hides.
North Yellowstone Hwy, between E 110 N and E 112 N will remain closed for most of Tuesday while crews watch for hot spot and investigate the cause.