Bitterroot fire damages home, kills pet

A home was damaged and a pet died, but no people were injured in a fire between Lolo and Florence Saturday morning. 

According to a statement Saturday from the Missoula Rural Fire Department, crews were dispatched around 11:16 a.m. to a residential fire alarm in the area of 16600 Queen Anne Lane. The location, which carries a Florence ZIP code, is in a subdivision on the west side of U.S. Highway 93 roughly between Lolo and Florence, accessed via Rowan Road about 2.9 miles south of Lolo. It is different from Ann’s Lane in Lolo. 

Battalion Chief Ron Lubke wrote in the statement that the first crews on scene saw smoke pouring from the eaves of a 2,800-square-foot house. The fire was in the kitchen on the backside of the house, he wrote. Over about 30 minutes, crews were able to contain the fire to the kitchen, but smoke and heat damage affected other areas of the house. 

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An occupant of the house was already outside with multiple dogs by the time the first firefighters arrived, according to Lubke, and firefighters confirmed no one else was inside. One pet

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