While the Missoula Fire Department was able to quickly control and put out a house fire at an unoccupied home on Monday, several pets inside — including four dogs — were killed.
Firefighters were called to a home on the 2300 block of Gilbert Avenue shortly after 6 p.m. Monday, finding smoke and flames coming from the windows and roof.
Crews quickly knocked down the flames, according to city fire department Assistant Chief Jeff Brandt, but the house had significant smoke and fire damage.
None of the residents were inside at the time, but Brandt said several pets were in the home, and that most died in the fire. In addition to four dogs, Brandt said some of the birds also died. He said the lizards kept there as pets survived, and that there also were pet fish in the home.
Police, emergency medical teams and NorthWestern Energy personnel assisted firefighters at the scene.
The cause of the fire, which did an estimated $95,000 in damage to the building, remains under investigation.