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Townhouse fire force dozens out of their homes in Ammon

Flames can be seen from a townhouse fire on Falcon Drive in Ammon late Tuesday night.

AMMON, Idaho (KIFI) - UPDATE 5 p.m. Bonneville County Fire District #1, Ammon Division, responded to S Falcon Drive for a structure fire at 11:34 p.m. Tuesday.

The building consisted of several townhomes and was reported to be fully engulfed with potential of people trapped inside. Everyone inside the building managed to escape and there were no injuries or fatalities reported.

Three total apartment units were hit by these flames. Two units received the majority of the damage to their second floor only, but the other unit was completed devastated.

Ucon Fire Department provided assistance, Idaho Falls Fire Department responded for EMS as well.

When Firefighters arrived on scene, they encountered several townhomes with the entire outside wall on fire.

The first engine quickly extinguished all fire on exterior walls. It did take over three hours to get all of the flames fully extinguished.

Two dogs, two cats, and a snake were rescued.

Due to building construction, and several renovations on the roof. The attic and roof were difficult to fully extinguish. Two Ladder trucks were utilized to access the fore from the top.

After the wreckage was examined this morning, it is believed that the fire started in the backyard of one of the townhomes from the explosions that people were hearing. The exact cause of the explosion is still yet to be determined.

Three cars were also damaged and are unable to be driven again.

Firefighters remind everyone to keep track of their flammable materials and combustible objects to prevent fires from happening.

The three families displaced are currently being assisted for housing and other resources by the Red Cross.

ORIGINAL: Firefighters worked through the early morning hours Wednesday on a fire that damaged some townhouses at the Pheasant Estate complex.

The townhomes are located on Falcon Drive in Ammon.

The fire started in one of the townhouses around 11:30 Tuesday night. 

Some of the homes were fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived.  

Dozens of people around the homes were evacuated.  Some witnesses said they heard explosions before having to evacuate. 

The cause of the fire is still unknown.

No injuries have been reported.

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