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Fire destroys Stevensville shop

By Lauren Maschmedt, KTVM Anchor, lmaschmedt@ktvm.com
Published On: May 03 2014 09:38:48 PM MDT

Melissa Gladwin

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MISSOULA, Mont. -

A blaze engulfed a Stevensville shop south of Missoula Saturday afternoon, burning down everything around it.

Stevensville Rural Fire Chief Rex Olson said the building burned to the ground in a matter of just a half hour.

Fire fighters responded to the call just before 1:30 pm, to a shop off Highway 93 in Stevensville in between the Les Schwab and Wildwood Brewery.

Olson said no one was in the building at the time. The owner of the private shop was using it for storage.

He said some of the materials in the shop caused it to burn faster than normal. The flames spread to a camper behind the building, completely destroying it, and Olson said some vehicles also caught on fire and burned.

Crews from Stevensville Fire Department, Florence Fire Department and Victor Fire Department responded. We're told about 30 fire fighters worked the blaze, and crews spent about three hours on scene.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Olson said they don't have a price on the damage, but everything in and around the building is a total loss.

Olson added that sheriff's deputies responded to a crash right in front of the fire while it was burning, from passerby trying to slow down and watch the flames.