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By Ed Moreth 

Fire damages Plains home


August 30, 2018

Firefighters were able to save a Paradise house from total destruction after a fire started in an upstairs room last Tuesday.

Plains-Paradise Fire District Chief James Russell said the cause is unknown, but it is likely to be an electrical fire. Russell and another firefighter were at the fire station when the call came in around 10:45 a.m. and were on the scene within 10 minutes.

Russell said the home at 110 Central Avenue belonged to Spencer Smith. He said his partner smelled smoke and got the three children, ages 3 and 5 years and a 9-month old, out of the house without any injuries. None of the 15 firefighters from the district or the town of Plains were injured. The crew battled the fire for four and a half hours.

“It’s still standing, but the second story has extensive damage and the first floor has a lot of water damage,” Russell said.

Firefighters from the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation were at the scene in case the fire spread to a nearby field. Plains Community Ambulance also responded. Russell said it’s an older house that the Smiths purchased about six weeks ago. The chief was told it was their first house.


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