Avalanche buries Montana home, 3 rescued

Windsor Genova – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Missoula, MT, United States (4E) – A couple and an 8-year-old boy remained hospitalized on Saturday for treatment of injuries they suffered when an avalanche crashed into their home in Rattlesnake Valley, Missoula, Montana the day before.

Fred Allendorf, 66, is in serious condition while Michel Jo Colville, 68, remains in critical condition at the St. Patrick Hospital, according to hospital spokesperson Joanne Hoven. Phoenix Scoles, 8, improved to fair condition from critical.

Neighbors and firefighters dug up the three about three hours after the avalanche from Mount Jumbo crashed into Allendorf’s house at the base of a hill. The couple was inside the house while the kid was playing outside when snow plowed the house about 50 feet into the intersection of Holly and Harrison streets.

Witnesses said a snowboarder was walking down Mount Jumbo and likely triggered the avalanche that also caused wires from a power line to fall in the middle of the runout zone.

The survivors breathed in air pockets until they were found, according to rescuers.

Meanwhile, two skiers who were reported lost on Friday afternoon while skiing on the backside of Montana Snowbowl were found unharmed at 10:30 a.m. Saturday by Missoula County Search and Rescue.

Searchers were able to make contact with the skiers by cell phone about 8:15 a.m. Saturday before finding them later.

The skiers, whose names were not revealed, called 911 on Friday 5:30 p.m. and their friend called police 20 minutes later.

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