VIDEO: The Helena Fire Department reports several residents were displaced following a Monday morning fire in a historic downtown home.
Firefighters say the home, in the 300 block of State Street, sustained significant damage.
The fire was first reported around 10:45 a.m. when someone on Mount Helena called 911 and reported seeing smoke rising from a building in the downtown area.
A passing bicyclist then provided authorities with a more specific location.
When firefighters arrived at the scene, they found heavy smoke coming out of the home. Fire officials believe the fire started on the second floor – possibly in a bedroom – then spread into the attic. HFD Assistant Chief Mike Chambers said they were mostly limited to spraying water and attacking the fire from ladder trucks, since they had concerns the roof might have become unstable.