Missoula, MT (KGVO-AM News) - On June 1, 2024, at approximately 1:19 PM, the Missoula Fire Department responded to a structure fire at 2414 Schilling St. Five fire engines and one ladder truck responded. 

According to Battalion Chief Jeff Kroll, the dispatch included a mutual aid effort by the Missoula Rural Fire District (MRFD) and the City of Missoula Fire Department (MFD).  

“Upon arrival, Engine 311 (MRFD) encountered a single-story commercial building with heavy smoke and fire emanating from one of the vehicle bays,” Kroll said. “Crews promptly initiated a fire attack using a 2.5" hose line, successfully achieving knockdown shortly after arrival. A pickup truck inside the bay was fully engulfed in flames, contributing to the building's involvement in the fire.” 

Kroll said engine 131 deployed a 1 3/4" hose line followed by Engine 311 inside to extinguish any remaining flames.  

“At that time, crews conducted a thorough search of the building,” Kroll said. “Once the search confirmed the building was clear, 131 pulled down the ceiling in the adjacent office space to check for fire extension. Upon extinguishing the fire, 131 placed a fan in the bay door and another in the adjoining bay to ventilate the smoke.” 

Kroll stated they continued to monitor for residual heat and assisted MFD’s Fire Marshal in opening the truck hood to cool the engine compartment.  

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“There was significant damage from the fire to the building’s roof and structure,” Kroll said. “Thanks to the quick and coordinated response of the Missoula Fire Department, the fire was rapidly contained, preventing further damage to the structure and surrounding properties. No injuries were reported during the incident. The fire's cause is under investigation and a Missoula Fire Department Investigator has been assigned for follow-up.” 

For further information, please contact the Missoula Fire Department at (406) 552-6210. 

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