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Two residents suffered minor injuries and 16-20 pets were killed early Wednesday in a Missoula house fire.

Assistant Fire Chief Jeff Brandt said city firefighters were dispatched at 6:23 a.m., and found smoke and fire coming from a home at 1633 Idaho St.

“The firefighters were able to get a handle on the fire; however, there was a lot of fire damage to the house,” Brandt said. “Two occupants were taken to the hospital with minor injuries.”

Three engine companies responded, along with one ladder company and the battalion chief.

“On arrival, the first engine company found smoke and fire coming from the structure,” according to Brandt. “The second due-in engine laid a water supply line to the first engine and then began fighting fire. The third arriving engine began rescue operations.”

Missoula Animal Control was called, as 16-20 pets did not survive the smoke and fire, he said.

Crews remained on the scene Wednesday morning, working on salvage and overhaul operations. Two fire inspectors were called to investigate the cause.

Brandt said there were no injuries to firefighters. Damage is estimated at more than $45,000.

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