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Update: Firefighters extinguish Lockwood home fire; none injured

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Posted at 4:19 PM, Aug 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-07 00:24:27-04

LOCKWOOD — Update 6:31 p.m. Lockwood Fire Chief Joh Staley said the fire originated from an electrical problem with a light fixture in the bathroom of the home.

Staley said fire officials will investigate further to determine if it was a short in the circuit, or overheating that caused the fire.

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Update 5:03 p.m. A fire at a Lockwood home Tuesday afternoon left "little to salvage," according to the fire chief, as investigators continue to look into the cause.

Lockwood Fire Chief John Staley said firefighters knocked down the blaze at about 4:30 p.m., roughly an hour after the call came for response to the residence at 1506 Tigard Ave. The residence was unoccupied, and no pets were at home.

Staley said the firefighters saw upon arrival that the fire was coming from the middle of the white, one-story home, with smoke snaking out from under the four eaves of the house. That indicated the fire was already at the ceiling, Staley said. Neighbors from across the street reported the fire.

Damage was estimated between $40,000 and $60,000, Staley said, which included the structure and contents inside. Montana-Dakota Utilities workers shut off all gas and electricity to the house, he said.

The residents of the home have renters' insurance, Staley said.

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Firefighters from multiples agencies are working to put out a house fire in Lockwood Tuesday afternoon.

The call came about 3:30 p.m., and flames were observed from the home at 1506 Tigard Ave. around 4:10 p.m.

Firefighters from Billings, Lockwood and the state Department of Natural Resources were all at the scene, along with Yellowstone County sheriff's deputies.

This is a developing story.