Fire fighters knock down Belgrade blaze


BOZEMAN, Mont. - Central Valley Fire Chief Ron Lindroth said the call came in just after five of a fire in storage units at CTS Storage off of Oro Lane.

He said there was so much smoke, they could see if from their fire station in Belgrade so they called mutual aid for help- from Bozeman, Gallatin Gateway and Rae Sourdough fire departments.

Lindroth said eight storage units were on fire, but the flames were threatening to spread to several more.

One person was injured in the fire, a man who was trying to move vehicles away from the flames. Lindroth said he was taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation injuries.

In all, three dozen fire fighters worked to get ahold of the blaze and keep it from spreading to the other storage units.

They got control within an hour, but stayed on scene for several hours to make sure the entire blaze was out, and went over what could be saved.

It's estimated that $33,000 of property was destroyed- about one third of the $100,000 value of the entire building and the contents between the 20 storage units.

Lindroth said they aren't sure yet what sparked the fire.

"At this point in time we don't know what caused the fire, it is under investigation," he said, adding, "there is no suspicions at this time."

The Belgrade Fire Department says the fire damaged 8 storage units.

We spoke to the owner today who tells us 14 units suffered smoke or water  damage.

CTS Storage owner Carl Schunamen says the past two days have been the hardest of his career.

He told us, "Calling people and telling them that they've lost everything has been heartbreaking for me. People have all their belongings here and now will have to restart new. I mean, all their hopes and dreams were in these storage units for things that they had a future for and now they are lost"

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