A couple and their dogs escaped a house fire that erupted Wednesday morning in Bridger Canyon, destroying a hillside home.

According to Cathy Anderson with the Bridger Canyon Rural Fire Department, responders were dispatched to the fire at 955 Bridger Woods Drive at about 7:05 a.m.

When firefighters got to the home, it was engulfed in flames. All that remained of the home was a stone chimney and some stone siding.

The husband and wife who were in the home when it started escaped with their two dogs. The husband was treated and released for burns to his feet, Anderson said.

The cause of the fire is being investigated.

Dozens of firefighters from agencies across the valley responded to the fire, including personnel from Bridger Canyon, Bozeman, Central Valley, Fort Ellis, Rae Sourdough, Manhattan and Three Forks.

The fire did not spread past the home, which sat on a wooded hillside, because the homeowners had cleared out brush surrounding the house, Anderson said.

“Had they not done that, this could have been a lot worse,” Anderson said.

The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office gave about 10 homeowners notices of evacuations due to the fire, but Lt. Shane Frantz said most opted to stay home.

Whitney Bermes can be reached at wbermes@dailychronicle.com or 582-2648. Follow her on Twitter at @wabermes.

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