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Informational Release - For Immediate Broadcast
To: All Media Outlets
From: Derek Mullins, Battalion Chief
Missoula Fire Department
Re: Structure Fire Response
Date: November 11, 2016
Location: 105 Rimrock Way
Time of call: 5:50 PM
Number of units: 4 Engines, 1 Ladder Truck, Battalion Chief, 1 Safety Officer, 1 Fire Investigator
Number of Firefighters: 18 Firefighters, 2 Chief Officers, 1 Staff Officer
Property Damage: $50,000
Property Saved: 200,000
Early this evening the Missoula Fire Department responded to reports of smoke and flames from the roof of a single family house. Initial reports were from a neighbor and that no occupants were in the house. Other cooperating agencies that responded include Missoula City Police Department who provided traffic control, Missoula Emergency Services ambulance with Advanced Life Support, and Northwestern Energy who arrived and isolated gas and electric to the residence.
The first in crew (who was in the area clearing form a previous call) performed a 360 size up and reported smoke from all sides of a two story split level structure and visible fire in the kitchen. Fire crews were able to quickly gain entry through a rear sliding glass door and knock down the fire before it spread to the attic. Additional crews arrived and performed a primary search on all floors and confirmed that the structure was “all clear”. A rapid intervention crew was also established to protect interior firefighting crews. Although fire damage was limited to the kitchen area, extensive smoke damage was present throughout the 2nd floor. This incident was declared under control at 6:21 PM.
The cause of this fire is still under investigation, any questions should be directed to the Missoula Fire Department’s Fire Prevention Bureau at 552-6210 or Assistant Chief Jeff Brandt at 544-2800.
Cooking fires are the primary cause of home fires and home fire injuries. Kitchen fires are most often caused by leaving cooking food unattended, placing combustibles too close to the heat source, and unintentionally turning on or not turning off the equipment. Never leave cooking food on the stovetop unattended, keep a close eye on food cooking in the oven, and keep cooking areas clean and clear of combustibles.
Missoula Fire Department 625 E. Pine St., Missoula, MT 59802 (406) 552-6210 voice, (406) 552-6184 fax