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Billings firefighters investigating 2 house fires

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Posted at 7:19 PM, Feb 26, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-26 21:21:13-05

The Billings Fire Department is investigating two fires that broke out just blocks apart from each other Friday afternoon.

Investigators have determined that both were started by incendiary means. That's a level below arson, where the fire was set intentionally but not necessarily maliciously.

The first fire broke out right after 11 a.m. at 619 Broadwater Ave.

No one was injured, but two dogs and three cats were rescued from the fire.

The flames caused $60,000 in damage throughout the home, mostly in the laundry room, kitchen and bedroom.

The second fire started two hours later after 1 p.m. at 515 5th St. W.

No one was injured, but two dogs were home at the time. One escaped, and the other was rescued by firefighters.

That fire caused $70,000 in damage.