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Crews respond to 3 separate Missoula fires on Sunday

Posted at 3:14 PM, Sep 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-24 17:14:49-04

MISSOULA – The Missoula Fire Department responded to multiple fires early Sunday morning.

No injuries were reported in the three separate incidents.

Battalion Chief Tony Kate said crews responded just before midnight to a structure fire located on the 1900 block of Strand Avenue.

Crews arrived to find heavy smoke and flames on two sides of the single-family home, and said that nearby structures were also threatened.

The occupants of the home were able to evacuate with no injuries.

Stand Avenue Structure Fire
Crews responded just before midnight to a structure fire located on the 1900 block of Strand Avenue. (Erik Burton photo)

Randy Samberg, who lives next door, said his house sustained damage because the homes were so close together.

Samberg said he turned off his light to go to sleep and saw an orange glow from the flames coming through his window.

He and his 8-year-old dog, Driver, made it out thanks to the aid of another neighbor who knew Samberg and his pup may have needed help.

“You know, if there’s a lesson to be learned here or a moral to the story, it’s to get to know your neighbors,” Sandberg said. “You know, you don’t necessarily have to, you know, have dinner with them or anything like that. Just get to know your neighbors so that when something like this happens, you know, they can come to help or you can go to help them.”

The fire was extinguished at 2:30 a.m. Sunday and remains under investigation.

Sawmill District Fire

If crews weren’t busy enough, Missoula Fire responded to another structure fire in multiple units at the Cambria Apartments in the Sawmill District just before 7:30 a.m. Sunday. 

Cambria Apartments Fire
Crews responded Sunday to another structure fire in multiple units at the Cambria Apartments in the Sawmill District.

Crews found smoke and flames coming from air vents on the exterior of the building. Firefighters were able to locatethe flames coming from within the walls separating the apartments.

The blaze was put out and crews cleared the scene around 11:30 a.m. Sunday.

No injuries were reported in this incident which remains under investigation.

Fire officials say none of the fires appear to be related.

Linda Vista vehicle fire

Just after midnight on Sunday, crews responded to a fully-involved abandoned vehicle fire near Linda Vista Boulevard.

Crews responded quickly, but the vehicle was a total loss.

Missoula Police was able to find the vehicle owner and are still investigating.

Officials say none of the Sunday fires appear to be related.