Building collapse near airport kills three and critically injures at least five more

BOISE, ID – Three individuals lost their lives and five others are in critical condition following a devastating collapse of a building under construction near Boise Airport on Wednesday night, as per reports from the local fire department.

The collapse, described as “catastrophic” by Division Chief of Operations Aaron Hummel, occurred at a privately-owned steel hangar. First responders arrived to a chaotic scene and immediately began efforts to secure the area and rescue victims. The City of Boise, Boise Airport, and all first responders have expressed their deepest condolences to those affected by the incident.

The collapse resulted in nine injuries, three of which were fatal. The remaining five victims were in critical condition as of late Wednesday night and are currently receiving treatment at local hospitals.

The incident took place around 5:00 pm MT, prompting a significant response from emergency services. Eight fire engines, three ladder trucks, and a dozen ambulances were dispatched to the scene at W. Rickenbacker St. and Luke Street. Upon arrival, fire crews worked diligently to stabilize the scene, with some rescues requiring the use of hoists and presenting a “challenging” situation, according to Hummel.

The structure involved in the incident was a 39,000 square-foot steel hangar belonging to Jackson Jet Center, which was under construction at the time of the collapse. The company expressed deep sorrow for the incident, particularly for those with loved ones present at the site during the tragedy. They also extended their gratitude to Boise Fire, Boise Police, and Ada County Paramedics for their swift and professional response.

Despite the proximity to the airport, an official confirmed that the building was not a Boise Airport project and that the airport’s operations were not affected by the incident. Hummel confirmed that all individuals present at the site during the incident have been accounted for.