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Fire hits former KPAX anchor's home

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FRENCHTOWN - An early morning attic fire hit a home in Frenchtown Saturday.

Resident and former KPAX anchor Mark Holyoak says he woke Saturday morning to the smell of his house burning. Holyoak called 911 at around 7:40 a.m. morning and Frenchtown Rural fire was able to suppress the flame at his home within 40 minutes...

“You know, one thing led to another and I looked outside and saw reflections on the snow and realize that our house was on fire and that I yelled at my wife to call 911... got the cars out… that's all the time we had and they just stood back... and then the fire folks got here," Holyoak said.

Frenchtown fire officials say that extensive overhaul was required because of the nature of the fire. Firefighters had to cut through insulation and studs to reach the bedroom where the fire was reported to have been seen.

The neighborhood has been out of power since 3 p.m. Friday due to fallen trees. Missoula Electric Cooperative workers were on scene isolating the house and attempting to restore power to the neighborhood.

Holyoak and his family are all safe and are trying to stay positive. 

"...Some other things… But you know, that's just stuff. And we’re OK, my wife and I are fine. We've got family nearby, you know, neighbors and community that are reaching out to us and so, we're fine. You know we're not happy, but we're good," Holyoak said.

"You know I spent so long delivering the news and feeling for people and now I'm on this end of it so... we’re appreciative of firefighters, and everybody," he added.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation although electrical causes have been ruled out.

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