VIDEO: A Wednesday morning fire destroyed the Vintage Cafe in Roundup and injured one firefighter, said Roundup Fire Chief Keith Salthe Wednesday afternoon.
Around 9:30 a.m., Salthe said there were reports of smoke coming from in between the buildings around 229 Main St.
Firefighters from Roundup, Hawk Creek, Dean Creek, the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation all responded. Roundup sent all of its 20 volunteer firefighters, Salthe said.
Five hours after the fire ignited, firefighters were forced to knock down the building with an excavator to ensure the fire didn't spread to neighboring structures, Salthe said.
“I think we would have lost the whole block if we wouldn’t have," Salthe said.
Salthe said there was fire damage done to the building to the Vintage Cafe's left and damage to the wall of the one to its right.
KTVQ-TV CBS 2 Billings
VIDEO: Tensions were high Tuesday night as Whitefish Fire Service Area board members opened discussion on a proposed split from the Whitefish Fire Department.
A large number of Whitefish residents voiced concerns Tuesday night about a possible split in fire service, which they believe could lead to slower emergency response times and homeowner insurance rate increases. In partnership, the Whitefish Fire Department covers the rural district service area which amounts to 40 percent of their fire calls on a yearly basis.
A five-year agreement between Whitefish Fire and the rural district expires in June of 2021. The rural fire district proposes the split in fire service to combat rate increases brought forward by the city of Whitefish.
A new five-year agreement proposed by the city of Whitefish would see an immediate $20,000 increase to the first semi-annual payment in the new contract, followed by a 2.25 percent increase for each of the subsequent semi-annual payments,
KPAX-TV CBS/CW+ 8 Missoula
Since repair work at Fire Station 4 began in January of this year, several issues have been discovered.
According to Great Falls Fire Rescue, the contractor discovered that lateral lines needed to be replaced in addition to the main sewer lines.
Black mold was also discovered in the department kitchen, along with extensive water damage, and the station’s bathrooms were found to be in a similar situation.
Mold remediation and large scale remodeling was needed in these areas to meet current code requirements.
The City will rebit the additional items to contain costs due to the additional issues discovered during the maintenance work.
Station 4 is remaining closed until further notice due to the issues as well.
The crew from Station 4 will continue to respond from Station 1.
KTMF-TV ABC/FOX 23 Missoula
Rain showers are pumping excess water into the Bitterroot River near Darby.
The south area of the valley has seen some flooding and Darby firefighters are preparing for more.
As the river swells it can get messy for homeowners who live near the river.
It's just starting to get some flooding, said Lenny Beiler.
On Wednesday, Beiler and a number of firefighters and volunteers were filling hundreds of sandbags to stave off flooding near the river.
Rain was coming down hard in spurts, and with all that rain, the threat of flooding increases.
"I think anybody living on the river is going to be affected," said Beiler.
He said on Tuesday night crews prepared about 100 bags.
Students who are off from school are also volunteering.
"We're trying to get ahead," said Beiler, "and filling up extra."
He said the department has sand stockpiled.
KECI-TV NBC 13 Missoula