Kalispell Fire Department Investigating Residential Blaze

By Beacon Staff

The Kalispell Fire Department is investigating the cause of a house fire that engulfed an entire residence on Sixth Street East last week.

Crews responded to 136 6th Street East for a reported structure fire on March 29. Upon arrival, the first firefighters reported seeing heavy smoke and fire showing from a basement egress window of a residence. Due to the nature of the fire and the conditions present, crews initiated a defensive fire attack from the outside and called for additional resources, according to chief Dave Dedman.

The fire is currently under preliminary investigation until further documentation and witness interviews can be obtained, Dedman said. One occupant of the residence was treated and transported to Kalispell Regional Hospital for evaluation with reported minor injuries. No other injuries have been reported at this time.

The home and the belongings are reported to be a total loss with extensive fire, smoke and water damage throughout the residence.

The Kalispell Fire Department received assistance from Evergreen, Smith Valley, West Valley, South Kalispell, and Whitefish Fire Departments. Other assistance was received from Flathead Electric, American Red Cross and Kalispell Police Department.

The Kalispell Fire Department staff would also like to thank the other residents in the neighborhood that assisted the fire department personnel and also those that helped provide shelter for the affected pets from the incident.

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