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Victim ID’d in deadly Billings house fire

Posted at 7:22 PM, Mar 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-17 14:49:58-04

UPDATE 8:40 p.m.- Kolton Braley, 24, has been identified as the victim of the fire, according to the Yellowstone County Coroner’s Office.

BILLINGS- The Billings Fire Department said an early Friday morning fire that killed a man likely originated in a bedroom.

Fire Marshal Mike Spini said the fire that was reported at a duplex located at 21 and 23 Avenue B likely sustained $300,000 in damages.

However, a cause is not yet known.

The fire happened at around 4 a.m., according to the Billings Fire Department. One victim, an adult male, was transported to St. Vincent Hospital and died as a result of his injuries. Spini said there was no other information on the cause of death for the man available.

Spini said due to extensive fire damage, the origin and cause investigation will continue throughout the day.

The house is insured however the building is a total loss. The duplex building sustained extreme fire damage to
the second story and heavy fire, smoke, and water damage to the main level. The fire was difficult to extinguish due to construction features and the extreme cold weather.

Related: Video: Billings firefighters brave cold at Friday morning blaze