Fire department pinpoints where Saturday blaze near Bozeman started


BOZEMAN, Mont. - The following is a press release from Central Valley Fire Chief Ron Lindroth:

Central Valley Fire District received a 9-1-1- report of a structure fire at 18 Tyler's Trail in Bozeman at 21:06 on Saturday night, February 8th. The first unit arrived in 12 minutes, followed by the engine 3 minutes later. A large quantity smoke and fire was exiting the attic and center of the structure on arrival. The first due engine company concentrated efforts on controlling the attic fire over the residence and stopping forward progress of the fire into the attached residence. As additional support arrived, efforts were directed to contain the fire to the front and center business suites.

Two business suites sustained significant fire damage and the third business suite and the attached residence received smoke and fire control damage, however much of these two occupancies personal property was saved. It took several hours to fully control the fire and units remained on scene for over five hours ensuring the fire was completely extinguished. Despite the sub-zero temperatures, no injuries or equipment damage occurred.

The origin of the fire is believed to be in the center business suite [in the ceiling area]. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Central Valley Fire District received assistance from Amsterdam, Bozeman, Gallatin Gateway and Rae/Sourdough Fire Departments. AMR, Gallatin County Sheriff's Department and North Western Energy also assisted.

This was the second significant fire fought in 48 hours in temperatures less than -20 degrees. The risk of fire increases in extremely cold temperatures. Firefighters ask residents to ensure there is adequate fire apparatus access and advise it is never safe to re-enter a burning structure.