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Firefighters battle structure fire near Four Corners

By Grace Ditzler, KTVM Reporter, gditzler@ktvm.com
Published On: May 13 2014 10:39:59 PM MDT
FOUR CORNERS, Mont. -

More than 40 firefighters race to a west Bozeman apartment engulfed by flames late Tuesday afternoon.

Crews got the call around 4:30 p.m on Tuesday of a fire here on the 100 block of Arrowhead Trail, south of Huffine Lane.

Kathy Lee spotted smoke near her house on Tuesday afternoon.

"We were just sitting in the yard and saw the smoke so we decided to come and see," Lee said.

She found a garage and the apartment above it engulfed in flames.

"It just burst," Lee said. "Big, big huge clouds, it was just completely engulfed in flames. and I mean fast, it was really fast."

Fire crews were already on scene, trying to control of the blaze.

"We went into defensive fire operations because of the amount of involvement on the building and the risk to our crews," said Rae-Sourdough Fire Department Assistant Fire Chief Brian Nickolay. He explained they believe the fire started when one of the apartment residents was working on his car in the garage, and the engine caught fire.

Fighting this fire posed some challenges for them, because of the location.

"When we're in a rural area, water supply is one of our biggest challenges," he explained. "All the water we used here today had to be shuttled in by truck and our trucks had to drive approximately a half mile to refill and then come back to the scene."

He said firefighters were able to gain control of the fire within an hour, then went to work on putting out hot spots.

No one was injured, but Nickolay said the building is a total loss.

In addition to Rae Sourdough, four other area fire departments responded, along with the Highway Patrol and Sheriff's Office.