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Search warrant issued in Nine Mile Roadhouse arson investigation

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MISSOULA - The Missoula County Sheriff's Office believes the fire that destroyed a landmark restaurant west of Missoula may not have been an accident.

They’re looking for more clues as they continue their investigation into the blaze that destroyed the Nine Mile Roadhouse Restaurant in December.

Frenchtown firefighters were called to the Roadhouse the evening of Dec.17 for a report of a structure fire. When they arrived it was an inferno. The restaurant was determined to be a complete loss.

Sheriff's deputies obtained search warrants naming the owners of the restaurant, Kella and Scott Blanke. The search warrant obtained by KPAX sought GPS, call and text records for both Kella and Scott.

In the court documents, the sheriff’s detectives listed arson as potential cause along with a violation of a protection order. The search warrant reveals Kella Blanke has a restraining order naming her husband. Detectives told the judge that she believes that order was violated the night before the fire.

The search warrant indicates Scott Blanke's pickup truck was seen at the restaurant the night before and the night of the fire. Kella Blanke told authorities she left the restaurant shortly before the fire started.

No charges have been filed against either party at this time.

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