Jan 31, 2012 9:59 AM by Q2 Staff
UPDATED: BILLINGS - The Billings Fire Department is investigating a fire that destroyed a duplex on the city's west end. No one was hurt in the blaze.
A witness called fire crews to the home at 2328 Henesta Dr. Monday afternoon. The witness says the fire began in some juniper bushes behind the home. It spread from the bushes, up the hill to the deck, and took over the home.
According to Billings Fire Chief Paul Dextras, two adults and three children were home in the top unit when the fire sparked. Another adult was also home in the lower unit. Everyone was able to get out safely after someone passing by knocked on their doors to alert the occupants, after noticing flames shooting from the south side of the house.
The duplex is located on the northeast corner of 24th Street West and King Avenue. Firefighters had the blaze knocked down within 15 to 20 minutes, but the structure suffered severe fire, smoke, and structure damage.
The cause and damage remains under investigation, according to Chief Dextras.