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Rattlesake Avalanche
photo by Steve Karkanen

City Officials Warn Rattlesnake Area Residents of Further Avalanche Danger [AUDIO]

Missoula City Fire and Police Department officials are going door-to-door in the Rattlesnake area letting residents know of further avalanche danger.

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Missoula Avalanche
photo courtesy of NBC Montana-KECI-TV

UPDATE – Emergency Crews Clear Avalanche Scene – Elderly Couple Identified

UPDATE - Missoula Police Department Public Information Officer Travis Welsh issued a press release at about 2:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 1.

Avalanche Update; Saturday March 1, 2014

As of 2:00AM this morning, emergency crews have cleared from the scene of the avalanche. Power lines have been secured, and the gas lines have been capped. There is no information currently available regarding the medical condition of the three persons rescued, they remain hospitalized. There is continued concern that the unstable snow conditions in the Missoula Valley may produce other slides and citizens are advised to stay out of closed areas.

Detectives have conducted interviews in an investigative effort to determine if the avalanche was caused by human activity, however at this time no determination has been made. Those efforts are continuing. Anyone with information as to the cause of the slide is asked to contact Detective Dean Chrestenson at (406) 552-6705, or Detective Guy Baker at (406) 552-6284. You may also call Missoula Crime-Stoppers at (406) 721-4444.

Our news partners at NBC Montana-KECI-TV have identified the elderly couple as Fred Allendorf and his wife, Michel Jo Colville. They were listed in critical condition Friday night at St. Patrick hospital. On Saturday morning, the hospital upgraded Allendorf to serious condition.

The identity and condition of the eight year-old boy injured in the slide are still unknown.

UPDATE - Paige Pavalone with the Missoula County Sheriff's Office confirmed at 7:30 p.m. that all three victims of Friday afternoon's Rattlesnake area avalanche have been recovered, and all are alive.

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Missing Chance Geery Memorial Sword Returned by Student After River Search [AUDIO]

UPDATE: Saturday, January 18, 6:00 a.m.

News partners NBC Montana/KECI reported Friday afternoon, January 17, that a student returned the sword that was stolen from a memorial to the late Chance Geery. The student returned the sword after members of the Missoula City Fire Department spent over a hour in a fruitless search for the sword off the Higgins Street Bridge in the Clarl Fork River. No charges have yet been filed.

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Missoula Fire Department Trains for Ice Rescue in Area Rivers [AUDIO]

When a hiker or someone walking a dog by a local river falls through the ice, minutes and seconds count for rescue crews to reach the victim.

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Night Fire
photo courtesy of Maxxxx/flickr

Rattlesnake Area Home Total Loss After Monday Morning Fire [AUDIO]

A home on Skyline Drive in the Rattlesnake area was a total loss after a wind-drivenĀ  fire broke out early Monday morning, October 28.

Corporal Matt Kazinsky with the Missoula Police Department said the call came in to 9-1-1 just before 3:00 a...

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Heating Plant
Photo courtesy of University of Montana Relations

Update – Fall Victim Undergoes Surgery – Currently in Intensive Care [AUDIO]

UPDATE - Tuesday, October 8, 5:00 p.m.

Peggy Kuhr, University of Montana Vice President for Integrated Communications, provided an update on the condition of UM building supervisor Mike Burke, who fell through a skylight nearly 20 feet onto the top of a large boiler in the heating plant.

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Hu-Hot Grill Fire

Local Restaurant Evacuated After Saturday Night Grill Fire

Things got too hot at Hu-Hot Mongolian Grill and Barbeque Saturday night at about 7:30 p.m. after a reported grill fire got out of control, sending plumes of smoke through the ceiling.

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4th of July
Photo by Ralph Orlowski/Getty Images

City Councilman – Fireworks Ban to be Strictly Enforced – Fines Imposed on Fourth of July [AUDIO]

Make no mistake, the ban on fireworks in the city of Missoula will be strictly enforced, perhaps for the first time in many years, on this coming Fourth of July holiday.

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Apartment Fire
photo by Peter Christian

Arrest Made in Vantage Villa Fire – Charges Could Include Arson or Criminal Endangerment [AUDIO]

An arrest was made Tuesday morning in relation to the general alarm fire last Thursday at the Vantage Villa apartments. Missoula Fire Marshall Gordy Hughes said the charges could include arson or felony criminal endangerment.

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Trench rescue training
photo courtesy of Missoula Fire Department

Missoula Fire Department Conducts Trench Rescue Training [AUDIO]

It seldom happens, but when it does the Missoula City Fire Department mobilizes in a big way. Trench rescue training was conducted on Thursday afternoon at the city gravel yard at Rodgers and Shakespeare streets.

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Firefighters on the job
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Fire Outside Downtown Missoula Micro-Brewery Caused by Discarded Cigarette [AUDIO] [DOCUMENT]

It was a discarded cigarette that caused a fire a little after 10 a.m.on Friday outside the Flathead Lake Brewing Company, located at 424 North Higgins Avenue in downtown, Missoula.

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kitchen fire
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Holiday Safety Tips From Missoula Fire Department [AUDIO]

The Missoula City Fire Department has some helpful tips as people spend more time in the kitchen to prevent fires from starting, and what to do in case of fire.

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