Faulty wiring was most likely the cause of Monday's structure fire west of Missoula, according investigators with the rural fire district.
The burn on Flora Drive destroyed two storage buildings, a carport, two vehicles, several tractors, several pieces of power equipment and also torched about a dozen 50-foot-tall pine trees, Missoula Rural Fire District Capt. Ron Lubke said in a release on Thursday.
Fire investigators believe the fire started in one of the two storage buildings involved.
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Most of the items that were destroyed were not functional and the owner planned to scrap them anyway, Lubke said. The estimated damage totals about $10,000. The property saved by the multi-agency attack was estimated at $250,000.
"Due to the extensive damage, the exact cause remains undetermined; however, evidence at the scene indicates that the fire was most likely caused by a non-code-compliant wiring which failed resulting in the fire," Lubke wrote.