MISSOULA – Firefighters doused a Thursday afternoon fire in Missoula’s South Hills.
Firefighters were called to the 100 block of Amber Court shortly before 1 p.m. on reports of black smoke and windows cracking at a duplex.
Missoula City Fire Department Batallion Chief Kip Knapstad says the first engine company arriving at the scene found a fire in the kitchen area and smoke throughout the split level home.
The fire was quickly knocked down in the first seven minutes, according to Knapstad. The occupants were not at home at the time of the fire but arrived shortly afterward. A cat was found inside and returned to the owners.
The cause of the fire, which caused an estimated $30,000 in damage, remains under investigation at this time.
The Missoula Police Department, Missoula Emergency Services Ambulance, NorthWestern Energy and the Red Cross all responded to the scene.