The Big Sky Fire Department was dispatched to 12 Beehive Basin Road in Big Sky Friday, Feb. 12 at 6:14 a.m. for a structure fire discovered by a passing motorist.
The first units to arrive found the home completely engulfed with flames reaching more than 50 feet in the air.
No one was in the home at the time of the fire, but the structure was a total loss and BSFD cleared the scene at 4:30 p.m. The house had no smoke alarms, according to BSFD Chief Bill Farhat.
“This was an unfortunate example of where having automatic fire sprinkler systems and fire alarm systems would have made a huge difference,” said Farhat, indicating that the blaze had been burning for hours before his crew arrived.
“A great deal of damage could have been averted had the fire department been sent to the address during the beginning phase rather than after it was an inferno,” he added.
Assisting BSFD on scene were the Yellowstone Club Fire Department, the RAE/Sourdough Fire Department, the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office and Madison County Emergency Management.
The Montana State Fire Marshal’s Office also assisted in the incident. There is an ongoing investigation into the cause of the fire.