Montana News

Friday, April 21, 2017

3 structures burn down in Billings fire

Three trailer homes burned down in a fire on the South Side on Thursday night in Billings, and the Billings Fire Department planned to continue monitoring the site overnight. A call came in at 6:06 p.m. that a trailer home at 37 Washington Street was on fire and that the fire had possibly extended to a second structure, Assistant Fire Chief William Rash said. Crews arrived and determined that at least two structures were burning, and additional structures were at exposure risk from fire.
Billings Gazette

Emergency crews respond to train fire in Helena

Fire crews are responding to a train engine fire in Helena. The fire was reported just before 9:30 a.m. on Friday near the crossing at N. Montana Avenue. The Helena Fire Department is at the scene with two fire engines and more than a dozen firefighters. There are no reports of injuries at this time. There is no word yet on the cause of the fire.
KRTV-TV 3 Great Falls

Polson: Man denies attempted homicide, arson in house fire

A 23-year-old northwestern Montana man has denied charges that he broke into a house on Flathead Lake last November, stole thousands of dollars in cash and set a fire inside, endangering the sleeping homeowner. KERR-AM reports Shane Thomas Northweather pleaded not guilty Thursday to attempted deliberate homicide, arson, burglary and theft. District Judge Kim Christopher set an Aug. 21 trial date. Northweather remains jailed in Polson. Charging documents allege Northweather learned the 84-year-old homeowner had at least $9,000 in cash in the house on Nov. 20, hours before the fire was set.
Butte Montana Standard

Man injured in Hamilton garage fire

A man suffered smoke inhalation from a garage fire in Hamilton Thursday. Hamilton Fire Chief Brad Mohn said the fire occurred on Blue Heron Lane just off Grantsdale at about 1:45 p.m. The man was found inside the garage by volunteer firefighters and transported to Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital. Mohn said there was little exterior damage done to the structure. “The fire was burning inside the garage,” Mohn said. “The garage filled with smoke and he went down inside.” Mohn said the 60 to 70-year-old man was talking to emergency responders before being taken to the hospital.
Ravalli Republic

Porter pleads not guilty to starting fire at O’Haire Motor Inn in Great Falls

Jeremy Porter, facing arson and theft charges in connection with a fire in the parking garage of the O'Haire Motor Inn in Great Falls, pleaded not guilty on Thursday. The fire broke out in a van in the lower-level parking area of the O'Haire Motor Inn at about 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 21st. All hotel and bar customers and employees safely evacuated, and there were no injuries. Witnesses told police that before the fire, they saw a man pulling boxes from the van, and then slam the door of the van. The man then got into a car and drove away "pretty fast." About 30 seconds later, a witness said she saw flames coming from the van, and she alerted hotel staff and called 911.
KRTV-TV 3 Great Falls

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Worker sustains "serious" injuries in Helena construction site accident

A construction worker sustained serious injuries after an industrial incident in Helena. On Wednesday just after 9 a.m., the man was injured at the Trinity Center construction site behind Lowe’s, adjacent to Target in Helena. He was working in a trench between 6 and 8 feet deep when some heavy equipment fell on him. The Helena Fire department had to build a rope system and a safety basket to extract him. It took 30 minutes to get him out. He sustained leg and arm injuries and was transported by ambulance to St. Peter’s Hospital. Helena Fire Captain Cory O’Brian said the man was seriously injured. Responding agencies included the Helena Fire Department, Helena Police Department, and St. Peter’s ambulance.

Emergency crews respond to Helena residential fire

Emergency crews responded to a residential fire on Wednesday evening. A trailer home caught fire on Trails End Road off North Montana Avenue, causing the sole occupant to evacuate. The fire was reported at about 7:45 p.m. Smoke was still visible while West Valley volunteer firefighters worked to extinguish any hot spots. Lewis & Clark Sheriff's deputies and Montana Highway Patrol officers helped crews contain the situation. NorthWestern Energy was also on scene to shut off electricity and gas. We do not yet know if any one was injured. The cause of the fire is not yet known. We will update you if we get more information.
KXLH-TV 9 Helena

Missoula: Mock crash shows teens consequence of distracted, impaired driving

More than 1,300 students from around the region got a live demonstration on how distracted and impaired driving can have serious consequences on Wednesday. Missoula first responders and Ogren Park at Allegiance Field presented the "Your Choices Matter" Mock Crash in an effort make teens think twice about their decisions when behind the wheel. In this scenario, a two vehicle crash is caused when a distracted teenage driver crosses the center line and hits a mother and her child head on. An occupant in the teen's car is ejected, while the driver is able to call for help. Emergency responders arrive to find two trapped in the first vehicle, while they aid the girl who was ejected.

No one injured in fire at Bozeman trailer home

No one was injured in an overnight fire that damaged a Bozeman trailer home. According to the Hyalite Fire Department, a structure fire was reported on Buffalo Orchard Trail at about 12:30 a.m., Wednesday. When firefighters arrived, all occupants were out of the home, but pets were still inside. Firefighters quickly got the fire under control and rescued a dog, cat and turtle from inside the residence. The pets were reunited with their family and in good condition. The fire was contained to the back bedroom and bathroom of the trailer home.
Bozeman Daily Chronicle

Mother, child taken to hospital after Billings rollover

A mother and her infant child were taken to a hospital after their SUV rolled Wednesday afternoon, but police said the injuries weren't life-threatening. The SUV rolled after it was clipped by a Ford Taurus changing lanes, according to Billings Police Sgt. Scott Conrad. The contact sent the GMC SUV into the guardrail, where it hit and rolled on Laurel Road. The crash backed up traffic at the site, just east of the King Avenue West interchange. Conrad said that the woman and her child were the only two taken to the hospital to be checked. They wore seat belts, he added.
Billings Gazette

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