Business demolished and 7 lose homes in Glendive fire

GLENDIVE — On Tuesday in Glendive, the Ponderosa building was considered a full loss and 7 men and women ended up without having homes right after fire demolished the building more than the weekend, mentioned Glendive Hearth Chief Russell Feisthamel.

“There’s not considerably of something remaining,” Feisthamel stated.

The fireplace get in touch with arrived in all-around 7:45 p.m. Sunday evening and crews finally cleared the scene all over noon on Monday, but ended up referred to as back about two hrs afterwards to set out flare ups. A person past crew was dispatched on Tuesday to the Ponderosa developing to place out any remaining embers.

It’s nevertheless not known what commenced the fireplace. Feisthamel said the cause will inevitably be produced from the condition hearth marshal when the investigation wraps up.


Donald LaPlante

The Ponderosa making in Glendive was continue to smoldering a day right after it caught fireplace.

The evening of the hearth, lifelong Glendive resident Donald LaPlante Jr. could tell a thing was wrong from the vantage stage in his yard from across city.

“A very little following 2 o’clock in the early morning, I allow the dogs out to go to the toilet in the yard. I stay on the full reverse stop of town, as significantly as you can get, on the other side of the river. I could see the smoke and the glow from the hearth from Forest Park,” LaPlante stated.


Donald LaPlante

Drone pilot, Donald LaPlante, speaks with MTN News by using movie contact on Feb. 15, 2022.

Commonly an out of doors photographer who utilizes his drone to doc the annually ice jams on the Yellowstone River, LaPlante went to work having online video of the constructing both of those in advance of and right after fire gutted it.

“You could not miscalculation that it was not anything at all but a fireplace, that’s for confident. When you had flames taller than any constructing downtown,” LaPlante stated. “It lit anything up downtown. Even coming throughout the bridge above the river. It was really big.”

The two-tale developing was the former property of a hair salon and 4 apartments. 7 people today shed their residences, according to Glendive resident Jen Hawkinson, who is effective with LIFFT, a area nonprofit that connects people today with disabilities to neighborhood sources.


Donald LaPlante

Fiesthamel reported a business’s doorway south of the fireplace sustained injury when a brick wall fell. A utilised household furniture shop to the west that experienced a connected wall sustained significant drinking water harm and a partially collapsed roof, Fiesthamel reported.

Two firefighters were being transported to a nearby clinic, but had been unveiled afterwards that day, Fiesthamel claimed.

That nevertheless leaves folks without having their homes and possessions in Glendive. Hawkinson said some left the fireplace with only the apparel on their back and some even devoid of sneakers. She mentioned clothes and foods are the major issues desired at this time.

“The massive issue is that they all obtained out and they’re okay and no 1 got harm. Everything else is just material and they can replace it. But I just can’t picture how much of a reduction it is and just the setback in lifetime,” LaPlante reported.

The Glendive Tractor Offer Co. at 2808 West Towne St. has been set up as a landing place for donations. Other donations can be built by mail resolved to LIFFT at P.O. Box 1387, Glendive, MT, 59330. Make guaranteed to take note your donation is for fireplace aid.


Donald LaPlante

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