Boise firefighters said three people died at the scene. Nine were injured, five of them are in critical condition.
Author: KTVB Staff
BOISE, Idaho — A hangar collapse at Rickenbacker Street and Luke Street near the Boise Airport left three people dead and nine people injured Wednesday evening, according to a Boise Fire Department news release.
Boise Fire said the incident occurred around 5 p.m. when a privately owned hanger was under construction and collapsed. When they arrived at the scene, they said due to the nature of the collapse, they rescued several victims.
Five of the nine injured are in critical condition and all are being treated at local hospitals, Boise Fire said.
“Tonight, there was a catastrophic collapse of a metal structure at a construction site. First responders found a hectic scene and worked to secure and rescue victims,” said Division Chief of Operations Aaron Hummel. “The Boise Airport, City of Boise, and all first responders extend their deepest sympathies to those impacted.”
Everyone in and around the area of the collapse has been accounted for. Boise Fire initially didn’t release specific information on the condition of those injured as officials worked to contact families.
Hummel confirmed a hangar under construction collapsed on airport property. KTVB confirmed through city permits that the hangar is being built at the Jackson Jet Center. Hummel said initial reports stated 30 people were working in the area and Boise Fire worked to reunite families on the scene.
“Emergency and trauma teams are working closely with emergency first responders to provide immediate care and treat patients arriving from the scene,” a Saint Alphonsus spokesperson told KTVB.
The cause of the collapse is under investigation, with the Boise Police Department serving as the lead agency. Hummel said the incident occurred at a leased space and was not a City of Boise building.
A crane also collapsed, but Boise Fire wasn’t able to say whether the crane led to the building collapse, or the building caused the crane to collapse. Hummel called it a “large-scale collapse.”
A Boise Airport spokesperson said it was not a city crane involved Wednesday evening and did not identify the construction company involved. Hummel said crews are prepared to be on scene “all night long,” and they are preparing lighting.
There are no outstanding utilities issues or threat to the public, according to Hummel. The scene is clear, but Wright Street remains closed for emergency vehicles and investigators.
Boise fire said OSHA representatives are investigating the scene.
Hummel said roughly seven fire engines, three ladder trucks and a dozen ambulances responded to Rickenbacker Street and Luke Street following the incident.
Boise Fire said the Ada County Coroner’s office will release the names of the three who died after notifying their families.
Red Sky on behalf of the Jackson Jet Center emailed KTVB the following statement about the incident:
Tonight, our hearts go out to everyone affected by this horrific event, especially those with loved ones on site when this tragedy occurred. We’re immensely grateful for the rapid and professional response of Boise Fire, Boise Police and Ada County Paramedics along with the expert care of our area hospitals.
This occurred just west of our existing Jackson Jet Center at our new 39,000 square-foot steel hangar under construction, where dozens of dedicated people were working on site. We do not know exactly what caused the hangar collapse. Our focus now is on supporting our team and partners during this difficult time.
The Boise airport posted on their social media this statement about the incident:
We understand that neighbors on our airfield are suffering tonight after this evening’s incident. Our thoughts are with those involved and their families.