By Idaho Ed News staff, IdahoEdNews.org
The soon-to-be demolished Valley View Elementary School on Boise’s West Bench caught fire on Monday morning. As of noon, the main body of the fire was out, Boise Fire Department Battalion Chief Aaron Hummel said, but the building could smolder for hours.
Two minor injuries were reported by construction workers on scene, who were treated by paramedics, the Fire Department said. There were no evacuations for the surrounding area, but there was a noxious smoke alert sent out.
Dan Hollar, Boise spokesman, said the district has built a new school at the site, but the fire is concentrated on the old facility, which was due to be torn down this week. The fire will slightly delay the demolition of the old building as fire investigators look into the cause of the blaze.
The Boise Fire Department is still investigating the fire, Hummel said, and at this point it’s unclear if construction efforts started the fire.
Nobody was in the building when the fires started, according to Haley Williams with the Boise Police Department. The district did not have any summer school activities on site, Hollar said.
The new elementary facility did not catch fire, but it did get pummeled by smoke. Hummel said there was a hot spot on the roof of the new school, which a thermal camera detected, but the building did not catch fire.
A battalion chief is watching the new building, Hummel said, adding that the new school shouldn’t see any major smoke damage.
The new facility is expected to be open for the 2021-22 school year.