Business demolished and 7 reduce residences in Glendive hearth

GLENDIVE — On Tuesday in Glendive, the Ponderosa developing was deemed a full reduction and 7 folks had been with no properties after fire demolished the creating around the weekend, mentioned Glendive Hearth Chief Russell Feisthamel.

“There’s not a lot of nearly anything left,” Feisthamel stated.

The hearth call came in all over 7:45 p.m. Sunday evening and crews at last cleared the scene all around noon on Monday, but were identified as back again about two hours afterwards to place out flare ups. One very last crew was dispatched on Tuesday to the Ponderosa making to set out any remaining embers.

It’s still not recognised what started out the hearth. Feisthamel explained the trigger will at some point be produced from the condition fireplace marshal the moment the investigation wraps up.

Donald LaPlante

The Ponderosa making in Glendive was nevertheless smoldering a working day just after it caught fireplace.

The night of the hearth, lifelong Glendive resident Donald LaPlante Jr. could inform a little something was wrong from the vantage issue in his yard from throughout town.

“A little immediately after 2 o’clock in the early morning, I allow the pet dogs out to go to the bathroom in the yard. I live on the full reverse close of town, as far as you can get, on the other facet of the river. I could see the smoke and the glow from the fireplace from Forest Park,” LaPlante claimed.


Donald LaPlante

Drone pilot, Donald LaPlante, speaks with MTN News by way of video call on Feb. 15, 2022.

Usually an out of doors photographer who takes advantage of his drone to document the annually ice jams on the Yellowstone River, LaPlante went to operate having video of the setting up the two prior to and following fire gutted it.

“You could not mistake that it was not everything but a hearth, that’s for positive. When you experienced flames taller than any setting up downtown,” LaPlante said. “It lit almost everything up downtown. Even coming throughout the bridge about the river. It was fairly major.”

The two-tale building was the previous house of a hair salon and four residences. Seven folks lost their households, according to Glendive resident Jen Hawkinson, who operates with LIFTT, a community nonprofit that connects people with disabilities to local community methods.


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Fiesthamel stated a business’s doorway south of the fire sustained problems when a brick wall fell. A applied furnishings keep to the west that experienced a connected wall sustained serious water destruction and a partly collapsed roof, Fiesthamel said.

Two firefighters had been transported to a neighborhood medical center, but had been produced afterwards that working day, Fiesthamel claimed.

That nevertheless leaves people today without the need of their houses and possessions in Glendive. Hawkinson mentioned some left the fire with only the apparel on their again and some even devoid of footwear. She said garments and foodstuff are the main factors wanted at this time.

“The massive factor is that they all got out and they’re ok and no 1 got hurt. All the things else is just content and they can change it. But I can not envision how much of a reduction it is and just the setback in existence,” LaPlante mentioned.

The Glendive Tractor Offer Co. at 2808 West Towne St. has been set up as a landing location for donations. Other donations can be built by mail dealt with to LIFTT at P.O. Box 1387, Glendive, MT, 59330. Make sure to take note your donation is for fireplace relief.


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