The Missoula Fire Department was dispatched to a structure fire at Pacific Recycling, 2600 Latimer Street at approximately 7:14 p.m. on Tuesday, April 22.

Three engine companies, a truck company, Battalion Chief, Fire Investigator, City Police units and an ambulance all responded to the 9-1-1 call.

According to a Fire Department news release, upon arrival, the first engine company found all occupants out of building and heavy black smoke which filled the commercial building. Crews had to force entry onto the property and into the commercial structure. Fire crews were able to make their way through the structure and found a forklift fully involved in fire. Crews knocked down the fire and were able to extinguish the fire before the propane tank, located on the back of the forklift, exploded.

Two major factors contributed to the successful attack on this fire and minimal property damage. The two factors were the initial quick response by Missoula Police Department and the early detection system in place. MPD initially responded to an intrusion alarm and found smoke coming from the building and called for the fire department.

There were no injuries reported, and the fire is under investigation at this time. Initial damages are estimated to be over $50,000.