UPDATE: 6:08 p.m. - Aug. 12, 2021
LOLO- Missoula Rural Fire Investigators have completed the investigation on the scene of the Structure Fire in Lolo.
Michael Bowman, MRFD Battalion Chief, said the fire was accidental in nature and caused by a gas burner on the stove that was left in the on position.
The homeowner had left the residence approximately thirty minutes prior to the call to 911.
There were no occupants in the residence at the time of the fire and all animals in the house were rescued by the initial arriving engine company from Lolo.
The home did have working smoke detectors.
Investigators estimated $70,000 in damage to the home.
Initial arriving crews’ quick actions held the fire to the room of origin(kitchen), saving approximately $700,000 of structure and property from damage.
Missoula Rural Fire District thanks Missoula Emergency Services, Missoula County Sheriffs Office, and Northwestern Energy crews for their assistance and response.
UPDATE: 11:26 a.m. - Aug. 12, 2021
LOLO - Firefighters were able to knock down a Thursday morning fire at a house in Lolo.
The Missoula Rural Fire District (MRFD) responded to reports of smoke coming from a home in the 5300 block of Expedition Drive shortly before 9:15 a.m.
MRFD Assistant Chief Brent L. Christopherson says the crews arriving from Lolo reported smoke showing from the front of the house and that fire and smoke were visible in the kitchen of the home.
Firefighters were quickly able to put out the fire and search the home. Nobody was home a the time and several dogs were rescued, according to Christopherson.
There is no word yet on what caused the fire or how much damage was done to the home.
(first report: 9:52 a.m. - Aug. 12. 2021)
Crews are on the scene of a house fire that is burning in Lolo.
Somke can be seen coming from the single-story home located on Expedition Drive.
There was nobody home when the fire broke out.
The Missoula Rural Fire District has engines and a water tanker on the scene.
Firefighters could be seen entering through the front of the home which is near the intersection with Terry Lane.
This story will be updated.