3 rescued after avalanche levels Montana home

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Associated Press

Posted on March 1, 2014 at 1:34 AM

Updated Saturday, Mar 1 at 3:03 AM

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Three people have been found alive after an avalanche roared into the western Montana city of Missoula and destroyed a house.

Police say an elderly husband and wife and an 8-year-old boy were rescued after the avalanche Friday.

No one else was reported missing.

All three were taken to a hospital. Their conditions weren't immediately known but police say the man was talking to rescuers.

The elderly couple lived in the house that was destroyed. Police weren't sure if the boy lived there or elsewhere.

The avalanche slid down Mount Jumbo into the northeast Missoula neighborhood at about 4 p.m.

Authorities say avalanche conditions around the city remain dangerous. Police are asking residents of vulnerable neighborhoods to consider leaving but aren't requiring or recommending evacuations.

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