Mar 15, 2012 12:48 AM by Q2 News
MILES CITY - The Montana Fire Marshal's office is now helping in the investigation into a Miles City house fire early this morning that killed two people.
Miles City Fire Chief Dale Berg tells Q2 news that it appears the fire started in the home's garage, and then spread to the rest of the house.
Berg says the fire may have been burning for up to an hour before the fire department was alerted.
51-year old Brian Donnelly and his sister 56-year old Dianne Donnelly died in the blaze. They were brother and sister.
Berg says it appears that three members of the Donnelly family made it out of the fire ok, but after discovering his sister did not, Brian went back into the home in an effort to find her.
Unfortunately, Berg says fire fighters pulled both victims out of the fire a short time later.
Brian's wife Laura, and son Brandon, were able to escape from the burning home uninjured.
The fire was first reported around 3 a.m. Wednesday morning, at 2116 Clark Street, on Mile City's northeast side.
The fire also damaged a neighboring house, melting some of its eaves, and destroyed a nearby shed.
Chief Berg says four vehicles were also damaged in the fire, two of them are totaled.
Fire crews from Miles City and Custer County battled the fire for up to two hours.
Berg says one firefighter suffered some respiratory problems while fighting the fire, and was treated and released from a local hospital.
The house, which Berg says was built in the 1970's, is considered a total loss.