Apr 23, 2014 5:19 PM by Q2 News

Man injured in Sage Tower fire in critical condition

BILLINGS -The name of a man who was burned during a fire at the Sage Tower apartment complex in downtown Billings on Tuesday night has been released.

Assistant Fire Marshal Bill Tatum said the man is Frank Grayson of Billings.

As of Wednesday afternoon, Grayson was in critical condition at a burn unit in Salt Lake City, Tatum said.

Grayson's exact age was not available, but he was born in 1942, which would put him in his early 70's.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Several residents at Sage Tower have been relocated while crews work to repair damages caused by a fire.

Red Cross of Montana has housed six residents from the second floor whose apartments received water and smoke damage into a local hotel.

The fire began Tuesday night at the retirement home and caused up to $100,000 in damages.

Michelle Kay, a member of the Red Cross disaster action team, said the team arrived at Sage Tower just after midnight to assist residents in need.

Red Cross case workers were still at the retirement home on Wednesday to see if there is a need for further assistance.

Kay said the residents who were relocated were able to grab clothing out of their apartments and should be able to return in two days.

Sage Tower Site Manager Stacie Helms said Big Sky Disaster Restoration is on scene working on repair efforts.

Tatum said the fire started in a second floor apartment shortly after 11 p.m. on Tuesday.

The fire damaged the apartment and the second floor. The first floor and basement sustained water damage.

The building's fire sprinkler system in the apartment contained the blaze to that unit until fire crews arrived.


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