UPDATE: Thursday, August 25, 2022, 4:27pm

KGVO News has learned more about the structure fire being fought by the Missoula City Fire Department Thursday afternoon on Whitaker Drive.

Missoula Fire Department spokesperson Charity Stubb provided these details about the blaze which sent smoke high in the air over the south hills of Missoula.

“The information that I was given by Battalion Chief Dave Wolter was that the incident involved a vehicle in a carport on fire that moved to six other vehicles nearby,” began Stubb. "Two carports and seven total vehicles in the carports were fully engulfed and additional fire damage moved to two three-story buildings.”

Stubb provided more details about the blaze.

“There is minor damage to the building however, an estimated four to eight people are currently displaced,” she said. “Crews and other agencies are still on scene at this time. Minor injuries and burns were reported to individuals on scene, but not to personnel and no one was transported to the hospital. At this time no pets have been reported to be injured or deceased but that information was still pending. At this time the cause of the fire is unknown.”

Original Story

On August 25, 2022, a structure fire broke out on Whitaker Drive in the South Hills of Missoula. The Missoula Fire Department and Missoula Police Department are responding with other agencies.

Police Public Information Officer Lydia Arnold provided the following update:

MPD is actively working on the fire with MFD and other responding agencies. Right now we are not answering any questions about the fire as all personnel are focused on the scene, and the safety of people, pets, and property. Areas of roads are closed off and are subject to change. Please keep everyone involved in your thoughts.
According to Fire Chief Gordy Hughes, several engines have already responded.

Drivers can expect road closures and should avoid the area.

We will provide more information about this incident when it becomes available.

Credit: Benny Edwin
Credit: Benny Edwin

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