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Community helps save three people from avalanche

Three people are now recovering after an avalanche crushed their home.
   
That includes an 8-year-old boy. It happened in Missoula, Montana Friday.

An avalanche swallowed up an entire house in the residential neighborhood of Missoula, Montana.
"My landlord heard it on the news, and we had been shoveling driveways all day she said she was going to come out and see if any one needed help so I jumped in with her."

At least 50 emergency and rescue crews and neighbors grabbed whatever they could and started digging, searching for an elderly couple and an 8 year old boy, who were buried by the densely packed snow.
"It was scary as heck because when I heard they might have been in there I'm like trying to help all the people and get evacuated when I start smelling the gas."

"One of the cops said if you have a shovel go get it and run up the street..."

The neighborhood sits at the foot of Mount Jumbo and conditions ripe for avalanches, with a blizzard warning in effect for much of the region.   

Finally after three hours the hard work paid off, firefighters and residents found the the three alive. 

"That's the great thing about this community is everyone is so willing to help each other in any situation, especially in this sort of weather especially when there is a family is involved."

Police say the three who were buried by this avalanche were able to survive by finding pockets of air and gaps in the snow. Meantime, investigators are looking into whether or not this was a man-made avalanche because it's highly unusual in this neighborhood. Now, law enforcement has gone door to door to remind people living there is an increased risk for avalanches and bottom line, this is just an amazing story about neighbors literally digging each other out.