REXBURG, Idaho (KIFI) - UPDATE 5:15 p.m. At 4:55 a.m., the Madison Fire Department responded to a report of a structure fire, located at 453 S. Yellowstone Hwy., Double D’s Pawn in Rexburg.
Upon arrival, fire crews found heavy smoke coming from the eaves of the pawn shop. Due to unsafe conditions and the immense amount of items in the building, crews were forced to do a defensive attack on the fire. The majority of smoke that was seen by the community was due to the dense storage of vehicle tires and merchandise in the interior.
No one was inside of the building at the time of the fire. The building is considered to be a total loss, however, firefighters were successful in stopping fire spread to two adjacent structures.
Madison Fire Department sent three engines, one ambulance, and three command vehicles. Officers from Rexburg Police Department and Madison County Sheriff’s Office also provided assistance. There were 25 personnel working the fire scene.
“We appreciate the cooperation of the public with all the road closures in the area,” Madison Fire Department Chief Corey Child said. “These closures allowed for a safer fire ground operation. Additionally, we encourage all businesses to review their fire plans in the event of an emergency.”
The cause of the fire is under investigation by Madison Fire Department and Rexburg Police Department at this time.
No firefighters have been injured. Crews will remain on scene into the evening to work on hot spots and flare-ups.
ORIGINAL: The Rexburg Police Department reports fire crews are working a structure fire on S Yellowstone near 5th South St.
The call came in a 4:54 a.m. Friday.
Police have multiple street closures in the area and are asking the public to avoid the area.
Emergency personnel and investigators are at the scene.