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UPDATE: Man found deceased in apartment after early morning fire

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UPDATE:

The following is a news release from the Idaho Falls Fire Department.

At 6:20 a.m. Thursday, the Idaho Falls Fire Department and Idaho Falls Police Department were dispatched to a structure fire at the Courtyard Apartment complex located at 1881 E. 17th Street in Idaho Falls.

Several people driving by the apartment complex called the Idaho Falls/Bonneville County Dispatch to report smoke and flames coming from the front of the complex.

IFPD closed all lanes of 17th Street, detouring traffic at Hoopes Avenue and Woodruff Avenue while firefighters battled the blaze and evacuated adjoining apartments. Idaho Falls Power and Intermountain Gas responded to secure utilities.

The Courtyard Apartments have both single-story and multi-story units. The fire originated in one of the single-story units. There was one adult male inside the apartment where the fire started. He was found deceased inside the apartment.

One adult male, one adult female, and a dog were able to evacuate from the adjoining apartment to the east, all three of which had minor injuries and were treated on the scene by ambulance personnel. There were no other injuries to civilians or first responders.

The apartment unit was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived and is a complete loss. There was also damage to the adjoining apartments. The Law Enforcement Chaplains of Idaho responded to assist those displaced from the adjoining unit.

The estimated damages are not known at this time. The fire is under investigation by IFFD’s Fire Prevention Division.

Next of kin has been notified, however, the victim’s name is not being released at this time to allow for additional notifications to be made.

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Courtesy Idaho Falls Fire Department

ORIGINAL STORY:

IDAHO FALLS — The Idaho Falls Fire Department is on the scene of an apartment fire at 1881 17th Street near Woodruff Avenue.

Crews were called to Courtyard Apartments around 6:20 a.m. when someone driving by saw smoke and flames, according to Idaho Falls Fire Department spokeswoman Kerry Hammon. The fire started in one apartment and spread to at least two adjoining units.

Police have closed roads around the apartments while crews battle the fire. Traffic is being rerouted on 17th Street at Hoopes Avenue and Woodruff Avenue.

EastIdahoNews.com will post updates as we receive new information.

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