Tradgedy this morning in MC
Posted by AshleyDawn (+342) 10 years ago
House fire, gas explosion. My heart hoes out to the families involved.
This is a time when community counts. :/
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Posted by Diesel (+180) 10 years ago
Where was this at??? I hope no one got hurt!
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Posted by AshleyDawn (+342) 10 years ago
Clark. Im not gonna say. Just wait to hear I guess. I don't want to say more than I should.
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Posted by Kelly (+2766) 10 years ago
The fire was on the corner of Clark and North Strevell. Don't know the cause, but it happened about 3AM. The fire spread to the neighbor's garage. By the time the Fire Department arrived, the house was fully engulfed.

Qualifications to speak on this...live just down the block, and was awakened by the commotion.
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Posted by Sydnee (+179) 10 years ago
I work at the hospital and everyone was pretty shook up over the news of the fire. My heart goes to the family and everyone who was involved. Prayers be with them.
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Posted by sdg (+35) 10 years ago
2 dead in Miles City home fire

Billings Gazette Staff | Posted: Wednesday, March 14, 2012 7:00 am


Two people died early Wednesday after a house caught fire in Miles City.
Miles City Fire and Rescue Chief Dale Berg said firefighters were called out at about 3 a.m. to the fire at a triplex on the corner of Clark Street and North Strevell Avenue.
Berg said two people died in the fire but that further information on the victims wasn't immediately available.
It took crews from Miles City and Custer County about two hours to get the fire under control and they were still on scene mopping up at about 7 a.m.
"It was a total loss," Berg said. "We have no idea what started it at this time."
A state fire marshal is scheduled to arrive in Miles City later today to investigate what started the fire.
Berg said that it doesn't appear to be suspicious but that the fire marshal will make an official determination.




Read more: http://billingsgazette.com/news/state-and-regional/montana/dead-in-miles-city-home-fire/article_8f314a3a-825e-5ab8-b6bd-3b4f4019f04d.html#ixzz1p6GEjWpF
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Posted by Kelly (+2766) 10 years ago
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Posted by Herbie (+111) 10 years ago
Ashley, your start the post with subject, "Tradgedy this morning in MC" and then someone asked you who, what, when and were and then you say you dont want to talk about it....REALLY? I had a high school GF like that one time.
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Posted by Chipmunk Ninja (+66) 10 years ago
^^^ if you were a family member that hasn't be notified would you want to find out on Miles City.com? There's a big difference between high school drama/gossip that you're accusing and giving out information with respect to confidentiality.

I hope that anyone else involved is safe.
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Posted by AshleyDawn (+342) 10 years ago
I said EXACTLY what happened. I didn't feel comfortable talking about the deaths before it was officially released to the public. Would you?

Don't turn this thread into drama. I had a gf in hs that did that during unfortunate circumstances.
She has zero friends now, and rightfully so.

Ps. Can you read? Jesus.
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Posted by AshleyDawn (+342) 10 years ago
Chipmunk Ninja I appreciate your understanding of basic human respect, obviously it was sensitive info to know and im glad that the other person that posted before you didn't have the chance to shout it out without any tact present at all.

Howdy im using your word....other person that posted before Chipmunk Ninja, you're kinda disgusting.
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Posted by Richard Bonine, Jr. (+15207) 10 years ago
Howdy im using your word....other person that posted before Chipmunk Ninja, you're kinda disgusting.


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Posted by AshleyDawn (+342) 10 years ago
Richard- disgusting is Howdy's favorite word.
Back on topic.

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Posted by Josh Rath (+2313) 10 years ago
So something happened in town. How long until we know whom it happened to?
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Posted by Herbie (+111) 10 years ago
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Posted by Josh Rath (+2313) 10 years ago
Nevermind, a quick phone call answered my question.
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Posted by Billie Goggin (+16) 10 years ago
Do you really believe that if a family member saw the picture of the house in the Billings Gazette that they wouldn't recognize it? I know the house and I haven't lived in Miles City for 40 years....I believe the Gazette moved us beyond the don't share information out of respect for the family members.
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Posted by Kelly (+2766) 10 years ago




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Posted by AshleyDawn (+342) 10 years ago
You're right, Billy. But I posted this before that, and apprehensively replied to the first response before that, also.
But a more appropriate source should be used to also publically release the names of the individual's whose lives were claimed.

I also doubt that an unsuspecting family member would be notified via Billings Gazette about this.
Usually the reason names are initially withheld is so the proper authorities are successfully able to notify the families THEMSELVES.
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Posted by AshleyDawn (+342) 10 years ago
Billy the information I wasn't comfortable talking about earlier (before the the Gazette published their article) was about knowing 2 people had died, because I did when I wrote my post.

The paper released the info, just like I knew they would, and I feel like I did the best thing I could have, knowing what I did.
I was responsible about what I knew before it was publically released, and was still able to help give some of mc a heads up- without doing it distastefully.
I wouldn't do it differently...and I am annoyed that some of you are being so insensitive and animalistic about wanting to know it all RIGHT NOW, even resulting to trying to make me feel bad for not giving up 'enough' info, and still others for understanding why someone would want to use caution when speaking about previously unreleased information about something so sad.

Pigs.
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Posted by Billie Goggin (+16) 10 years ago
All I did was make an observation. Unfortunately, with today's technology, privacy is not what it once was....

Do you know the meaning of sanctimonious? I believe it might apply!
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Posted by Scottish (+52) 10 years ago
Hello everyone, lets all take a deep breath and step back from the knit picking. Two people from our community lost their lives in a very tragic way. That being said, I know MC is a great community and we need to come together to help support the Firefighters and the families involved!
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Posted by Chuck Schott (+1292) 10 years ago
So who was it? I'm just being a curious human animal (more animal than human).
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Posted by nativemc (+909) 10 years ago
Names are now on the Gazette web page.
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Posted by Bill Zook (+493) 10 years ago
Doesn't that building serve as a clinic? If I remember correctly Dr. Rauh built it.
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Posted by Josh Rath (+2313) 10 years ago
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Posted by nativemc (+909) 10 years ago
No, The building Dr. Rauh built is a block west. I believe this house was originally built by the elder Ray Schmidt that owned the DQ at one time.
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Posted by howdy (+4952) 10 years ago
Was this Jeff Donnelley's brother and sister??..He is a mechanic in Miles City...Probably not cause the last name is spelled a bit differently I see...

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Posted by AshleyDawn (+342) 10 years ago
Completely applies.

....I love MC Firefighters.
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Posted by BLT (+88) 10 years ago
This website is a gotten to be an an awful place where stupid and ignorant people post things and report things they have no business doing.

You people writing and asking questions, someday karma will hit you.

God bless the people who were affected.

Bob

I love the spelling, shows how ignorant you really are.
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Posted by Sydnee (+179) 10 years ago
I have to say ashley that I think the way you went about the situation was the right way. As I put in my post earlyier this morning I work at the hospital I knew all about it almost as soon as it happened and I also felt that it was not my place to go into detail. So Kudos to you:

My prayers go out to everyone involved and I thank the Miles City Firefighters for all that they do!!

God Bless
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Posted by AshleyDawn (+342) 10 years ago
BLT, beeing a baad spelllerrr doessn'tt make a persin ignorint.

it maked them a bad spellerr.

Ignorance? Ignorince is believing you know someethin you really actuallie don't entirelly knowe.

Just a small heds up.
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Posted by prb (+61) 10 years ago
I'll get back to the subject. Does anyone know if there has been an acct. set up for the family or what the family needs in the way of a place to stay and clothing? I have not read the Star yet,so maybe there's something in there.
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Posted by AshleyDawn (+342) 10 years ago
Click on the link above to the Gazette, there's some info in there about that stuff.
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Posted by John (+88) 10 years ago
Alright I'm tired of waiting for someone else to point it out. But Ashley does your heart really "hoe" out for the families involved, and if so for how much? Curious minds would like to know?
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Posted by mule train (+1052) 10 years ago
I am very saddened to hear this news. I knew Brian and his family as I was friends with his brother growing up. Brian had the ZZ Top tapes that turned us on to the band before they hit MTV. My deepest sympathy goes out to the entire Donnelly clan.
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Posted by fruityvicious (+140) 10 years ago
Hi! This is Andrew Donnelly, Brian's eldest son. I'm posting from my g/f's account.

The Miles City star wrote accurately about what happened. You can see the story here: http://milescitystar.com/...php#story1

Thank you to those sharing sympathies. For those bickering over petty issues in this thread, I'll ask you to find a different thread for that.

mule_train, thanks for the comments. What is your name? I think it's cool that my dad had ZZ Top tapes before they got big. And I'd like to hear anything else cool you could share with me about my dad.

He had a lot more to offer the world, but he chose to sacrifice himself in an all-out attempt to rescue my (handicapped) aunt. To make this rescue attempt, he walked into a blazing building and endured hellish pain. He got her and himself as far as he could before his body gave out from the heat and oxygen deprivation. I am sad he is gone, but proud he died laying down his life for his sister. He loved all of his family and friends enough that I believe he would've done this for any one of us.

Thank you everybody for your thoughts and prayers.
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Posted by Frank Hardy (+1687) 10 years ago
Andrew,

That is powerful and absolutely courageous and amazing. How tragic an outcome to such a valiant attempt. My thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

FH
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Posted by Gunnar Emilsson (+17823) 10 years ago
I am really sorry to hear of Brian's passing. He was a great guy who I knew in my younger days...in fact, I believe the last time I saw Brian was at a Hank Williams Jr. concert in Butte, America in the mid 1980s. I was kind of shocked to run into him, as most of my MC contemporaries had (and still do) a contempt for country music, but not Brian...I think he even bought a Hank Jr. t-shirt.

I have a hazy memory of fishing with Brian one night at the mouth of the Tongue....and having a very hard time climbing up the bank to get to the car. Ahh, the good ole daze.
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Posted by Barb Holcomb (+402) 10 years ago
Andrew,

My condolences to you and your family. Your dad went to school with my brother about 4 years ahead of me, so I didn't know him that well. Your uncles Conan and Daren were a year ahead of and behind me so I knew them better. I can only imagine the sense of loss you must feel. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.
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Posted by Wendy Wilson (+6173) 10 years ago
Andrew,

I didn't know your dad but he sounds like a fine human being. My condolences to your family.
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Posted by Hal Neumann (+10103) 10 years ago
I didn't know Brian well enough to call him a close friend, but many years back we'd occasionally meet and shoot the breeze. He seemed like a fine young then - obviously he grew to be a courageous man who loved his family. My condolences to his family, I'll be keeping you in my thoughts.
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Posted by Gwen Gunther (+109) 10 years ago
Thank you for speaking up here Andrew. I think it's a good reminder for the masses that the families of the people at the heart of some of these threads are out there reading them, good or bad. I was a classmate of your Uncle Sean and my thoughts have been with your family this week. I hope you get some measure of peace in the fact that while many of us speak of "doing anything for my family", your dad proved it and is truly a hero.
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Posted by chris a peterson (+33) 10 years ago
This is a very difficult one to grasp for me. I met Brian through Travis. Brian was always thoughtful of others. He taught me unconditional thoughtfulness. He taught me that even if you really dont care for a person to just give them a chance, just because everybody has something good inside them to share. He had found extensive information on stem cell research for Parkinsons Disease and had shared this with me. I thought there was plenty of time to thank him. This is just hard. Thank you Brian. I will never forget you and will always be grateful for your friendship.

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