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Crews battle structure fire in Missoula's South Hills

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Whitaker Drive Fire
Posted at 3:12 PM, Aug 25, 2022
and last updated 2022-08-26 10:38:44-04

UPDATE: 8:30 a.m. - Aug. 26, 2022

MISSOULA - A fire that destroyed several vehicles at an apartment complex in Missoula’s South Hills caused an estimated $500,000 in damage.

The Missoula Fire Department was called out at 2:23 p.m. on Thursday for reports of a vehicle fire that had spread to other vehicles under a large carport at 620 Whitaker Drive.

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(first report: 3:27 p.m. - Aug. 25, 2022)

Crews and multiple agencies are on the scene of a structure fire in Missoula's South Hills.

Several vehicles have burned as a result of the fire which is at an apartment complex in the 600 block of Whitaker Drive.

The Missoula Fire Department states the areas blocked off include Whitaker Drive and some surrounding streets.

Whitaker Drive Fire

A witness told MTN News he heard explosions prior to the fire.

MTN News spoke to multiple people on scene, who say they are just glad no one was hurt.

RAW VIDEO: Fire breaks out at Missoula apartment complex. Video courtesy Cecilia Barrett.

“Somebody banged on my door 'get out, get out. Fire! Fire!’ And I'm like ‘oh my God, what haven't I grabbed,” resident Charlene Erickson said. “So, then I just grabbed and took my cart."

People are being asked to avoid the area.

We will additional information as it becomes available.

RAW VIDEO: Structure fire in Missoula's South Hills

- Kierra Sam contributed to this report.