The cause of the 12.1.17 late night fire is still under investigation. (photo credit: Shane Hait)

FLORENCE – A Florence home is destroyed after a fire late Friday night.

A home on Tie Chute Lane near Florence was gutted by the 12.1.17 fire. (photo credit: Shane Hait

Florence Rural Fire District spokesman John Ames told MTN News that they responded to the single-family residence on the 200 block of Tie Chute Lane just after 11 p.m. on Friday.

Ames says when Florence firefighters arrived they found that a section of the roof had already collapsed. He added that the home is considered to be a total loss.

The homeowner was not home at the time of the blaze and the Red Cross is providing assistance, according to Ames. A state fire marshal investigator and an insurance company representative will be working to determine the origin and cause of the fire.

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Fire crews from Stevensville, Three Mile and the Missoula Rural Fire District all responded to the fire and remained on the scene for several hours.