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Fire destroys West Riverside home

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WEST RIVERSIDE - Missoula Rural Fire District crews were called Friday afternoon to a fully-involved house fire that appears to have heavily damaged a home in West Riverside.

The fire on Zaugg Drive was reported shortly after 3 p.m. Friday, with MRFD firefighters calling for help from as far away as Clinton and Missoula.

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The fire appears to have started in a garage area and spread to the house. The building was fully engulfed in flames when fire engines arrived, with flames visible from Interstate 90 to the south.

Law enforcement shut down traffic to the area while fire departments work to control the blaze and keep it from spreading in the hot, dry conditions.

Fire officials say that four firefighters had to be treated for heat exhaustion while battling the blaze.

"We've met a lot of challenges with the location and lack of water supply. The difficult access, so its been a very difficult fire," said MRFD Fire Chief Chris Newman said.

Fire officials say they fought this fire defensively and focused on protecting nearby structures.  They also removed some property from a neighboring home. 

Friday’s fire brought back memories of the big West Riverside Fire, which broke out in similar weather just short of seven years ago in that same neighborhood and would end up burning thousands of acres on the adjacent hills.

-- Lauren Heiser/MTN News video.

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