Friday, January 25, 2013

Update: Mechanical Failure, Flooding Blamed for Downtown Incidents

Posted By on Fri, Jan 25, 2013 at 5:53 PM

UPDATE: 5 p.m.

A mechanical failure is being blamed for a freon leak earlier Friday afternoon.

Sixty-four children in a daycare, five patients and all building staff were evacuated from the St. Luke's medical office building at First and Bannock streets.

Boise Fire Department haz mat crews were able to ventilate the building and remove the freon and turned the building back to St. Luke's control by later afternoon.

Meanwhile, melting snow and ice was determined to be the cause of a flooded basement at the Givens Pursley Law building at Sixth and Bannock streets, also on Friday afternoon.

The water flooded the the building's underground electrical vault, knocking out power to the building and a block bordered by Sixth, Bannock, Capitol and Idaho streets.


ORIGINAL POST: 3 p.m.

Boise firefighters had a busy Friday afternoon at two separate incidents, both on Bannock Street in downtown Boise.

The first incident, called in just after noon, brought firefighters to the St. Luke's medical office building at First and Bannock streets. That's where they found freon leaking. No evacuations were necessary but haz mat crews were working on a plan to remove the freon at the time of this posting.

Minutes later, firefighters were called to the Givens Pursley Law building at Sixth and Bannock streets. The building was briefly evacuated when firemen found a flood and smoke coming from the basement of the building. The nearby Old Spaghetti Factory was also briefly evacuated as the two buildings share electrical services.

Idaho Power shut down power to the block bordered by Sixth, Bannock, Capitol and Idaho streets. Traffic signals were also turned off in surrounding intersections. Idaho Power crews remained on the scene at the time of this posting.

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