FRENCHTOWN — UPDATE: 5 p.m. - July 9, 2021
A family managed to escape a house fire west of Missoula Friday afternoon.
A family member told MTN News there were five people inside when a dog started barking.
After opening a door the family saw smoke.
Everyone made it out safely except for two dogs that are assumed to still be inside.
The family doesn’t know what sparked the fire.
-information from Megan Mannering
(first report: 4:34 p.m. - July 9, 2021)
Crews are battling a structure fire west of Missoula.
Numerous agencies have responded to the scene off of US Highway 93 North.
The structure on El Torro Lane appears to be a total loss.
We have a reporter on the scene and will have additional information as it becomes available.
CLARIFICATION: An earlier version of this article stated the fire was in the Frenchtown area.