The exterior of Rocky Mountain Diesel Repair and Maintenance still stands, but the owner said the building and its contents are essentially out of commission following a heavy fire Wednesday night.
"A lot of machinery burned up," Kerry Costello said. "You can't prepare for this."
No one was injured in the blaze that called Missoula Fire and Police departments to the building on Grant Creek Road around 7 p.m. Wednesday; everyone had left work about an hour earlier. Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire before the entire building was lost.
When crews arrived they found heavy black smoke showing from the roof line all around the building, according to a press release sent out Thursday morning by MFD. Firefighters made the initial entry from the office area, but were pushed back by high heat levels and opaque smoke rolling out from the main shop area.
Two crews with separate hose lines made entry through the overhead doors to the shop and the fire was finally squashed around 8 p.m.
Missoula Fire Marshal Dax Fraser said the fire appears accidental, but declined to comment further on the cause until the investigation is complete. The fire seemed to come from a Ford truck parked inside the shop that had been recently under repair, Costello said.
Costello said a newer motor home and two customer business vehicles were lost in the fire, as well as most of the tools inside the shop.
The shop's interior is mostly charred after the fire ripped through all the plastic and insulation, he added.
"That fire kept crawling around, everything that was plastic took it," he said.
The estimated property damage totaled $100,000, according to MFD. Costello said he's still in limbo with the insurance company, and that it's too early to tell what the fire means for his business.