Fire awakens family in Townsend Avenue home in Helena

A smoke alarm alerted the sleeping occupants of a single-family home to a fire in their residence at about 7:30 a.m. Monday at 1803 Townsend Ave., Helena Fire Department Chief Jon Campbell said.

Assistant Fire Chief Mike Chambers said the residents were awoken by the sound of their smoke detectors and tried to put out the fire themselves.

“They activated 911 and were able to exit the structure,” Chambers said in an email.

According to preliminary information, the fire started on the main level, got into the wall and then went up to the attic space, Chambers said. 

Helena Fire Department firefighters respond Monday to a house fire in the 1800 block of Townsend Avenue.

Phil Drake, Independent record

There are no reported injuries to occupants or responders. The fire was extinguished by firefighters by about 7:50 a.m., he said.

At the present time the cause of the fire is under investigation, officials said.

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The Helena Police Department, Northwestern Energy and St. Peter’s Ambulance also responded to assist, fire officials said.


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