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Home west of Billings ‘a complete loss’ after fire

Posted at 6:10 PM, Oct 17, 2018

Update 9:50 p.m. Lt. Kent O’Donnell said the home was “a complete loss” and crews would need to knock it down Thursday as a safety precaution.

No one was injured, but a cat is missing, he said.

Update 7:50 pm

The Molt Fire Department remainedes on scene for mop up and to make sure the fire does not spread.

A vehicle caught on fire, which sparked a grass fire, and caught the house on fire, according to Lt. Kent O’Donnell, Yellowstone County DES Coordinator.

O’Donnell said the homeowner was in the house, while his friend worked on the car, which was about 60 to 75 feet away.

When firefighters arrived, the structure was fully involved and crews went into a defensive mode to keep it from spreading.

No one was injured.

However, investigators say a cat is missing.

Update 7:10 p.m.: Billings firefighters left the scene about 6:30 p.m., and Molt firefighters continued to fight the blaze.

The fire is still burning but is under control, firefighters said.

The Yellowstone County Sheriff’s Office is investigating, and the cause remains unknown.

BILLINGS- Yellowstone County sheriff’s deputies have closed Grand Avenue in both directions on the 7600 block for a structure fire Wednesday evening.

Firefighters and sheriff’s deputies are at the scene, as is a Q2 reporter and photographer.

A house at 7616 Grand Ave., a fence, grass and a vehicle are on fire, and firefighters are in defensive mode, Battlalion Chief Ed Regele said at the scene around 5:30 p.m.

Neighbors said the house is not occupied, Regele said.

Molt Fire has also sent a brush truck.

This is a developing story.

Reporting by David Jay, Q2 News