For the second time in nearly a month, Missoula City Firefighters were called to fight a blaze at the homeless camp located under the Reserve Street Bridge.
Battalion Chief Troy Ault spoke to KGVO news about the incident.
“We got dispatched to a fire under the (Reserve Street) bridge and it looked like it was some sort of structure,” said Chief Ault. “Around two stories is what it seemed like. On our arrival it was definitely fully engulfed and starting to burn the area around it. It was probably around a quarter acre and a tree right next to it caught fire as well.”
Just like the last fire that occurred at the camp on June 18, Ault said accessing the fire was a challenge for firefighters.
“Access was tough,” he said. “We tried one direction and the river was in our way, so we had to come directly off the Reserve Street Bridge, which we try to avoid when we go down there just because it’s such a nightmare with traffic. In this case, we really had no choice, so we had to stop right in the middle of the bridge and shut down a lane of traffic to access the fire.”