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Cause of fire that destroyed Butte house still unknown; woman released from hospital

Cause of fire that destroyed Butte house still unknown; woman released from hospital

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Fire officials are still investigating the cause of the house fire Friday that sent one woman to the hospital for smoke inhalation.

The woman has been released from St. James Healthcare. The house is a “total loss,” Butte-Silver Bow Fire Marshal Brian Doherty told The Montana Standard Monday.

The fire began around 5 p.m. Friday at 8 Tullamore St. in Uptown Butte just south of Centerville. As fire trucks were leaving the Butte-Silver Bow Fire Station, heavy smoke was already visible coming from the house.

Firefighters had to evacuate the building while fighting the blaze after discovering that both the attic and the basement were fully aflame. Within 15 minutes of the fire department’s arrival, the fire burned through the roof, the roof collapsed and the first floor collapsed into the basement, the department's Facebook page said.

B-SB Fire Marshal Brian Doherty said the 30 mph winds and the light construction of the house spread the fire rapidly.

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Environmental and natural resources reporter for the Montana Standard.

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