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Lightning Strike Damages Upper Linda Vista Area Home – Thunder Rocks Area [YouTube]

Just before 3 a.m. on Wednesday, the McNellis family on Jake Court in the Upper Miller Creek area were awakened by an enormous thunderclap, and discovered that lightning had caused a tree to burst into flames. 

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Some Fireworks Allowed in City of Missoula [AUDIO]

Fireworks stands have opened in Western Montana, and the Missoula Fire Department reminds residents that most fireworks are illegal to use within the city limits.

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Missoula Fire Department Conducts Trench Rescue Training [AUDIO]

The Missoula Fire Department reminds homeowners and those involved in construction to use extreme caution when working in or around trenches. 

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Small Slash Fire Leads to Barn Burning With Boat and Trailer [VIDEO] [AUDIO]

When Missoula's Assistant Chief of Police says to never leave a small fire, you should listen, because it happened to him.

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photo by Peter Christian

Fire in Converted Garage Leaves One Man Injured – Hair Caught on Fire [AUDIO]

A fire in a converted garage on North 2nd Street early Thursday morning, April 17, left one man with minor burns after his hair caught on fire. 

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photo by Steve Karkanen

City Officials Warn Rattlesnake Area Residents of Further Avalanche Danger [AUDIO]

Missoula City Fire and Police Department officials are going door-to-door in the Rattlesnake area letting residents know of further avalanche danger.

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photo courtesy of NBC Montana-KECI-TV

UPDATE – Emergency Crews Clear Avalanche Scene – Elderly Couple Identified

UPDATE - Missoula Police Department Public Information Officer Travis Welsh issued a press release at about 2:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 1.

Avalanche Update; Saturday March 1, 2014

As of 2:00AM this morning, emergency crews have cleared from the scene of the avalanche. Power lines have been secured, and the gas lines have been capped. There is no information currently available regarding the medical condition of the three persons rescued, they remain hospitalized. There is continued concern that the unstable snow conditions in the Missoula Valley may produce other slides and citizens are advised to stay out of closed areas.

Detectives have conducted interviews in an investigative effort to determine if the avalanche was caused by human activity, however at this time no determination has been made. Those efforts are continuing. Anyone with information as to the cause of the slide is asked to contact Detective Dean Chrestenson at (406) 552-6705, or Detective Guy Baker at (406) 552-6284. You may also call Missoula Crime-Stoppers at (406) 721-4444.

Our news partners at NBC Montana-KECI-TV have identified the elderly couple as Fred Allendorf and his wife, Michel Jo Colville. They were listed in critical condition Friday night at St. Patrick hospital. On Saturday morning, the hospital upgraded Allendorf to serious condition.

The identity and condition of the eight year-old boy injured in the slide are still unknown.

UPDATE - Paige Pavalone with the Missoula County Sheriff's Office confirmed at 7:30 p.m. that all three victims of Friday afternoon's Rattlesnake area avalanche have been recovered, and all are alive.

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Missing Chance Geery Memorial Sword Returned by Student After River Search [AUDIO]

UPDATE: Saturday, January 18, 6:00 a.m.

News partners NBC Montana/KECI reported Friday afternoon, January 17, that a student returned the sword that was stolen from a memorial to the late Chance Geery. The student returned the sword after members of the Missoula City Fire Department spent over a hour in a fruitless search for the sword off the Higgins Street Bridge in the Clarl Fork River. No charges have yet been filed.

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Missoula Fire Department Trains for Ice Rescue in Area Rivers [AUDIO]

When a hiker or someone walking a dog by a local river falls through the ice, minutes and seconds count for rescue crews to reach the victim.

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photo courtesy of Maxxxx/flickr

Rattlesnake Area Home Total Loss After Monday Morning Fire [AUDIO]

A home on Skyline Drive in the Rattlesnake area was a total loss after a wind-driven  fire broke out early Monday morning, October 28.

Corporal Matt Kazinsky with the Missoula Police Department said the call came in to 9-1-1 just before 3:00 a...

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