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Posted: Wednesday, January 12, 2011 8:53 am | Updated: 11:52 am, Thu Apr 17, 2014.

Two people were found dead inside a west Kalispell home that was destroyed by fire early Wednesday morning.

Kalispell Police Chief Roger Nasset confirmed that the bodies of two adults were found after firefighters doused the majority of the blaze at 305 Liberty St.

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          • ChuckieInMT posted at 9:28 am on Fri, Feb 4, 2011.

            ChuckieInMT Posts: 100

            It's too bad that one of the 35 guys didn't walk through the door, behind a wall of water from his fire hose immediately after they got there. I always see a "Watch 'er Burn" attitude, in lieu of going after the fire's ignition point. Maybe we need to call Fred Holmes at MT St. Lands with one of his wildland units to show 'em how to put out a blaze. Maybe we need to get Gene Doty and Bob Woodland back on the department to show the new guys how to get 'er done! Peace be with the family of the couple, as like Pako said, they were nice.

          • Pako posted at 12:08 pm on Thu, Jan 13, 2011.

            Pako Posts: 1

            I am a resident on Liberty Street. Can't say I knew them, but we have been taking our kid(s) there for trick or treating, and always exchanged a friendly wave and smile on a regular basis. I regret we didn't get to know our neighbor's better. My prayers and sincerest sympathy go out to the friends and family for your loss during this tragic and horrific circumstance.

          • bystanders posted at 9:47 am on Thu, Jan 13, 2011.

            bystanders Posts: 5

            It makes me sad that everything turns into bashing on here, how about saying "I'm so sorry for your loss" to the families that lost their parents, grandparents? Not the place to bash, it doesn't matter who did or did not show up on this article, the house was already engulfed in flames. To the families of the Johnsons, you have my sympathies.

          • blueice posted at 11:26 pm on Wed, Jan 12, 2011.

            blueice Posts: 26

            The article doesn't say that West Valley and Smith Valley weren't called, only that they didn't respond. Maybe the Interlake can follow up on this and post here. Obviously something is wrong with this picture though. Were the other departments on other calls? Were they or weren't they called for assistance??? A little more information from the reporter would be nice...

          • randomfredrick posted at 7:57 pm on Wed, Jan 12, 2011.

            randomfredrick Posts: 1

            I agree things need to change, our system is broken, we have a lot of problems that I would love to see us over come.There are plenty of legit answers to your question native but I think its disrespectful and distasteful to talk about county laundry here, at this moment. Im sorry your feelings were hurt because you were not invited to the party but I will save my sympathy for the vicitms of this fire. Take this talk else where and lets focus on whats really important for this particular subject.

          • MfgMan posted at 5:24 pm on Wed, Jan 12, 2011.

            MfgMan Posts: 345

            cuzican, I totally agree. I have a house in the county, and I got a letter from our HOA asking for my vote to incorporate and pay Smith Valley. They stated that my insurance would go way down, and it would be a good thing financially. I had a few questions that the HOA couldn't answer, and they put me in touch with the Chief out at Smith Valley. He went off on how the county never reimburses them, and that he was not required to respond if called, etc. The county told me otherwise, but it was pretty clear to me that many of the affected parties were not playing nice together...

          • cuzican posted at 4:41 pm on Wed, Jan 12, 2011.

            cuzican Posts: 231

            MT_native....West Valley FD is right next door to KFD's boundaries....Smith Valley is also very close.
            KFD and WVFD have been having a stupid childish disagreement for a long time now because the two departments use different strategies and tactics when it comes to attacking a fire.
            Its a case of "my way is better"......"NO MY WAY IS BETTER".
            In reality, both ways get the job done and they need to end their stupid bickering match.

            If my house were to burn down....and KFD didn't utilize the CLOSEST surrounding departments for mutual aid as opposed to calling aid from as far away as Big Fork, My first call after the fire was extinguished would be to my insurance company, my second call would be to my lawyer.

            It is the same thing that happened when WVFD had a fire over by Glacier high last year....and called for help from everybody except KFD whose firefighters could see the fire from their station window by Costco.

            As an ex- firefighter from a different place in the state I can honestly say that these monkeys are forgetting what their purpose is. TO SERVE AND PROTECT THEIR COMMUNITY.
            I understand differences of opinion....that happens everywhere, but they should be able to grow up, put their differences aside and work together to protect their customers.
            It saddens me that a portion of my tax dollars go to support KFD when they let such childish things get in the way of doing their job.

          • Tazzdude posted at 2:04 pm on Wed, Jan 12, 2011.

            Tazzdude Posts: 13

            I believe it is a part of a mutual response where these jurisdictions will call on each other to help if needed. My guess it most of the help from surronding volunteer fire departments was in the form of support equipment such as tender trucks for water etc., and a some personel to help operate them. The only close department that I can see which was not mentioned was Smith Valley, and they may not be part of the response agreement, but not sure. Also, Columbia Falls does have a satelite building south of the Blue Moon which makes them less than 20 miles away. I also agree that this is a terrible tragedy and my thoughts are with all involved. Thank you to all the firefighters and other response personel for all you do for the people in this Valley. Your sacrifices are greatly appreciated.

          • MT_native posted at 1:40 pm on Wed, Jan 12, 2011.

            MT_native Posts: 26

            Such a tragedy.My thoughts and prayers go out to this family.My question, and
            Im NOT trying to critisize anyone here, just trying to get an answer.Why did Kalispell Fire call Evergreen Fire, Columbia Falls Fire, Bigfork Fire, and S. Kalispell Fire, and NOT CALL DEPARTMENTS THAT WERE MUCH CLOSER that could have arrived on scene much sooner than departments such as Columbia Falls and BigFork Fire Depts, both AT LEAST 25 miles away???? Can someone explain this to me?


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