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Mar 5, 2010 10:29 PM by KPAX Staff

Missoula residents need help after blaze

MISSOULA - The four friends who lost their home in this morning's fire say they didn't even have time to get completely dressed before they had to get out of the house.

Fire crews responded to a home on Mabelle Lane in the Lower Miller Creek area at around 5:30 on Thursday morning.

We spoke with the victims of the fire as they're looking for ways to try and get back on their feet and they say firefighters told them their home was burning for about 90 minutes before they woke up and made the call for help.

"When I first woke up I smelled smoke and I opened my bedroom door and I just got engulfed with smoke, and I could see the flames in the living room" Johnathan Farran told us.

He says at that point he yelled "fire" to wake everyone up and get them out of the house. He and his girlfriend went out of the back door and the other couple living in the home had to break out a window that wouldn't open to get out of the house.

Once they were outside, they called 911 with the only phone they were able to save.

Farran says he went back into the burning home a couple of times to try and find his Chihuahua that ended up dying in the fire. The four victims say they weren't able to save anything and also told us that the house didn't have any smoke detectors installed, which may have woken them up earlier.

Now Farran says they're looking for anyone who can help them get back on their feet. "Maybe just help us out with the financial situation and getting things back in order or what not. We're receiving a little bit of help from the Red Cross, which is great, and I thank them so much what they're doing for us."

If you can help the victims of this fire you can call 396-4400. They're also working on setting up a fund at a local bank and we'll have that information as soon as it becomes available to us.

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