BONNER – A woman is in the hospital after her camper caught fire when she reportedly fell asleep while smoking.
Missoula Rural Fire District Battalion Chief Dan Merritt says crews responded to the call of camper fire in the 7700 block of West Riverside Drive at around 5 p.m. with flames reaching around 12 feet.
A man, a woman and a dog were in the trailer at the time of the incident. The camper is a total loss, but no nearby structures were threatened.
The man cut his leg while assisting the other two out of the trailer, but was not taken to the hospital.
The 35-year-old woman sleeping in a camper was reported to have sustained possible smoke exposure and was taken to a Missoula hospital.
Missoula Emergency Services, East Missoula Fire and MRFD crews all responded to the scene and the blaze was extinguished by 6 p.m.
While initial reports say the cigarette was the cause of the fire, it remains under investigation at this time.
Story by Donal Lakatua, MTN News