(Pocatello Fire Department Advisory, April 21, 2023)
The structure fire at Highland High School was reported today, April 21 at 3:57 a.m.
A full response was dispatched to the fire. This entails 4 engines, 2 ambulances, and a battalion chief.
Chubbuck Fire was requested and sent resources to aid in the suppression efforts. Crews have been working diligently to suppress the fire. As of 12:37 today the fire was contained and crews are currently working to put out hot spots. The fire has been contained to the D building which houses the cafeteria, main gym, band and choir rooms.
There is some smoke and water damage to other portions of the building but no fire damage. No injuries have been reported.
We were made aware of some classroom pets that were in the school and we have worked with school officials to get them removed safely.
The investigation is on-going and is a joint effort between the Pocatello Fire Department, Pocatello Police Department, Idaho State Fire Marshal’s Office, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms. The investigation is expected to take several days to complete.
We want to thank all the agencies who have reached out and offered assistance. As well as several community organizations who have provided food and drink for our emergency responders.
We ask the community to avoid the area while the emergency responders continue to work the structure fire and conduct the fire investigation. We are also asking people to avoid flying drones over the area during the investigation. Fire officials will provide updates as the information becomes available.