- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 2, 2014

Snowboarders in a restricted area of Mount Jumbo were interviewed and released by law enforcement officers in the wake of an avalanche in Montana that buried three people and demolished a house.

The avalanche swept the mountain shortly after 4 p.m. Friday and destroyed a two-story house in the lower Rattlesnake Valley, The Missoulian reported.

Rescuers found 8-year-old Phoenix Scoles buried in the deep snow about an hour later. He is reportedly in good condition after having left the intensive care unit Saturday. Fred Allendorf, 66, was located and rescued from the remains of the house. He remains in serious condition. His wife, 68-year-old Michel Jo Colville, was pulled from the house more than 3 hours after the avalanche and is in critical condition, the New York Daily News reported.

It was not disclosed if officials believe the snowboarders caused the avalanche, the Missoulian said. They could face charges for trespassing on the west side of the mountain that is closed during the winter.

A fund has been established to help the victims with medical costs and to search for a new home.

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