Posted: Oct 28, 2013 2:15 PM by Justine Judge, Mark Thorsell, Brin Merkley - MTN News
MISSOULA - One person was taken to the hospital after an early morning fire in Missoula.
Missoula City Fire assistant chief Chad Nicholson says firefighters were called to the scene in the 2400 block of Skyline Drive at around 3:15 a.m. and arrived to find a home fully-engulfed in flames.
Fire crews initially protected exposures and initiated a defensive fire attack, with Nicholson noting that strong and gusty winds increased the intensity of the fire and also made it harder for crews to fight the fire.
One person was hurt in the fire and was taken to St. Patrick Hospital to be treated and evaluated. Meanwhile, the Red Cross is helping the family find temporary housing.
Neighbors tell us that a dog died in the fire, and that the victim was burned when he tried to go back into the home to save the pet.
Fire investigators still trying to determine what sparked the fire, and crews are expected to be on the scene mopping up for most of Monday morning.
This is the second time in less than 24 hours that a home has been hit by a fire in the Rattlesnake.