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May 6, 2014 4:51 PM by Q2 News

Adams Street fire determined to be arson

BILLINGS - The Billings Fire Department has determined that a March 7 fire on Adams Street was purposefully set.

Fire officials said the cause of a second blaze later in the month could not be determined.

The March 7 fire was reported at about 11:30 p.m. across the street from Riverside Middle School.

The blaze started in a building behind a home at 139 Adams St., causing extensive damage to a detached garage and workshop.

Fire Marshal Mike Spini said the damages were estimated at $60,000. Both the property and contents were insured.

In an unrelated fire at at JP Enterprises, 3301 First Ave. S., has been classified as undetermined.

Spini said Tuesday there is insufficient information to determine an exact cause of the fire.

Spini said the fire started on the far east end of a garage complex. It was reported at about 8:15 p.m.

Flames destroyed the business, and fire crews remained at the scene well into Saturday.

The owner of the business, Joe Prisbe, said everything inside the buildings, including several 1960s classic cars, was destroyed.

Anyone with information about these fires is asked to contact the Billings Fire Department.

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