A fire Tuesday afternoon in Meridian destroyed an abandoned house and threatened another structure.
Firefighters were called to the corner of Third Street and 42nd Avenue around lunch time, but were unable to save the property.
"Every time a battalion chief drives up, he has to make some critical decisions in the first few seconds of a fire fight, and you have to evaluate what you've got," said Chief Jeff Homan. "We do a cost-risk benefit analysis. We risk a little to save a little. We risk a lot to try to save a life. That would be the only time that we would put our firefighters in possible harm's way."
No one was known to be in the house. In fact, the house was condemned, so no firefighters were sent inside. The main goal in fighting this fire was protecting the occupied home next to it.
"We had some problems with getting our aerial apparatus set up due to the trees here, but that's just part of it," said Homan. "We have to adapt and overcome that."
Homan said the cause of the fire is under investigation.