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Sep 15, 2010 10:41 AM by Dax VanFossen

Cause of Kalispell house fire determined

KALISPELL - Fire investigators say that faulty electrical wiring is to blame for a fire that destroyed a Kalispell house and left the family homeless.

The Kalispell Fire Department received a report of a house fire in the Meridian and 7th Street West neighborhood just before 6 o'clock Tuesday evening.

A woman and daughter who were in the house at the time noticed smoke and then got out of the home quickly. Husband, Don Gogan, came home to find his home on fire.

"Everyone made it out. The dog's safe, the rabbits safe. The cat, I don't know, we ain't seen the cat. Kids all got out. Everything we owns right there and we got nothing. I mean I don't know...we may have something there but..."

Investigators say the fire caused about $70,000 in damage and in light of the fire, Kalispell fire officials are once again stressing the importance of checking your smoke alarms to make sure they work properly.


(September 14, 2010)

FIRST REPORT : KALISPELL- A Tuesday evening house fire on Meridian Street destroyed belongings inside the home, but all family members made it out of the house safely.

The call came into the Kalispell Fire Department just before 6 p.m. in the Meridian and 7th Street West neighborhood. A woman and daughter in the house at the time of the blaze noticed the smoke while cooking and they quickly got out of the home.

Don Gogan came home to find his home on fire and told us that everyone made it out okay.

"The dog's safe, the rabbits safe, the cat I don't know, we have not seen the cat but the kids all got out. Everything we own is right there and we got nothing."

It's not clear yet where or how that fire started, but it burned a significant amount of the upstairs of the home.

The Kalispell Fire Department is still looking into what may have sparked the blaze.

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