Montana: Multiple fires sparked by downed power lines burning on Billings’ West End

Multiple fires sparked by downed power lines burning on Billings' West End

Firefighters were sent to the scene of a fire on Billings’ West End north of 72nd Street West and Folsom Road at around 10:40 p.m. Saturday night.

Early reports indicated that the fire was sparked by downed power lines, and the fire had spread to several structures by 11 p.m.

Around 11:30 p.m., Lt. Kent O’Donnell of Yellowstone County Sheriff’s Office and the interim Disaster and Emergency Services Coordinator said fires had started near downed power lines along railroad tracks. “The public needs to stay away,” he said. “They’re really, really causing problems right now.”

Multiple fires sparked by downed power lines burning on Billings' West End

Speaking just after midnight on Sunday, Jason Lyon Billings Fire Department Battalion Chief said the fire was 100% contained and in mop-up. According to Lyon, the fire appeared to be wind and weather-driven.

Daniel Brozovich lives on Century Hills Road, and reported waking up when he heard wind whistling through his window. He looked out and saw the hillside east of his house on fire.

“I saw the whole hillside lit up,” he said. “That was too close for comfort.”

Multiple fires sparked by downed power lines burning on Billings' West End

He tried calling 911, but couldn’t get through.

Brozovich then drove down toward the fire, where he found two Molt Fire Department trucks and several neighbors, but no water tender in sight.

He stated that he and a makeshift crew then grabbed shovels from the trucks and began shoveling dirt onto the burning grass.

Several structures including a house, a mobile home and construction equipment were seen fully engulfed in flames near Homewood Park Drive.

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