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Several pets perish in Great Falls fire

Emergency crews responded to a structure fire in Great Falls on Friday, November 19, 2021.
Emergency crews responded to a structure fire in Great Falls on Friday, November 19, 2021.
Posted at 12:43 PM, Nov 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-11-19 20:18:55-05

GREAT FALLS — Emergency crews responded to a fire that destroyed a home and damaged other buildings in Great Falls on Friday, November 19, 2021.

Great Falls Fire Rescue was dispatched to the Trailer Terrace community at 5405 Lower River Road early Friday morning, and found the structure "fully involved" in flames.

Several outbuildings, a camper, and vehicles were also in flames.

Due to the proximity to the initial fire and very windy conditions, a second structure sustained heavy damage.

There were no human injuries, but several pets were lost, according to a news release from Great Falls Fire Rescue.

Jesse Welling, who lives in the home that was damaged, said his brother lives in the home that was destroyed.

Welling recalled, "I woke up and I looked at my security cameras and I saw a glow coming from the window, because I have surveillance on the yard and everything. So I got up and looked and I yelled to my wife to wake up, call 911, and get the kids out of the house."

Mutual aid was requested from the Montana Air National Guard and Malmstrom Air Force Base for water tender support due to the limited water supply in the area.

The fire has been deemed unintentional; the cause of the fire has not yet been released.

The dollar value of damage has not yet been determined.

We will update you if we get more information, including how you might be able to help the affected family.