Posted: Apr 4, 2013 11:06 AM by Dennis Bragg - MTN News
Updated: Apr 4, 2013 11:08 AM
MILLTOWN - A fire spread out of control in Milltown on Wednesday evening, destroying at least one home and damaging several others, as crews battled the flames and the winds to save a neighborhood.
The call came in about 5:30 p.m. at 130 Daytona Loop. but by the time firefighters arrived, the fire had already engulfed one of the homes and was threatening more.
Missoula Rural firefighters were the first on the scene, and found one house with heavy smoke and flames pouring out of it. As they were trying to contain the fire and protect nearby homes, the flames jumped to another house causing extensive damage, and may have also damaged a third structure.
Additional crews were then called in from East Missoula, Missoula, and Clinton, and train traffic was stopped after a power line fell across the tracks.
All of the residents were able to get out safely, but one Missoula Rural firefighter suffered a cut hand and was treated at the scene.
One neighbor told us these houses are more than 100 years old, and that the fire began in the backyard of one of them.
"It started at one house and then jumped to the next pretty quickly. From there it caught on the grass and debris underneath the car. It flared up by the power lines, and when the power lines went we heard a lot of popping, and we had some really high flames there for a bit, and we started getting worried we would have to leave," Jessica Abell told us.
A homeowner told us he lost everything, and that he didn't have insurance. The Red Cross has been called in to help, and crews remained on the scene late into the evening.
Investigators are still trying to determine what sparked the fire.