Fire damages Helena home early Sunday

West Valley Fire Rescue volunteer firefighters and Lewis and Clark County mutual-aid fire departments responded to a house fire early Sunday.

The initial 911 caller reported fire from a neighbor’s house with occupants still inside about 6:30 a.m. on North Montana Avenue. Quick action from the neighbor alerted fire department resources and led to waking the homeowner and grandson up, authorities said.

West Valley Fire Rescue assisted the evacuation of the occupants and family dog, officials said.

Firefighters found a well-established attic fire had burned through the living room ceiling and throughout the attic.

West Valley firefighters made the initial fire attack knocking the fire down as more resources arrived from city of Helena Fire, Fort Harrison VA Fire, East Valley Fire, Canyon Creek Fire, Baxendale Fire and Montana City Fire, officials said.

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Eastgate Fire provided the fire coordinator to assist managing resources.

The fire was under control quickly by the first arriving crews but fire extension in the void spaces between the house’s double-layer roof structure hampered full extinguishment, officials said. Firefighters cut sections of the roof away to find hidden fire in the attic.

The possible cause of the fire is undetermined at

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