BILLINGS, Mont. — A 112-year-old Montana school building was destroyed in a massive blaze that prompted evacuations from nearby structures in Big Timber.
The Billings Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/2y6sJvS ) that the fire began after midnight and firefighters had it under control Friday morning. No injuries were reported and no additional buildings were damaged.
County emergency services officials say that after the fire was reported, evacuations were immediately ordered for a one-block radius from the vacant three-story school building, which was constructed in 1905.
About six houses were included in the evacuation area, and the fire initially threatened a civic center and a library near the structure.
Officials say the fire appears to have stated in the basement, and the cause will be investigated by the Montana State Fire Marshal.
Information from: The Billings Gazette, http://www.billingsgazette.com