Fire damage estimated at $150,000

It may look like the fire fighters are power washing this home but they are actually chasing down flames seen flaring out of the heat-buckled siding on the home. (Star photo by Steve Allison)


A garage was destroyed and two vehicles, two homes and a power pole were damaged in a fire Monday night at 416 S. Montana Ave.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Miles City Fire and Rescue’s Lt. Justin Russell reported the total damage is estimated at $150,000 for the houses, vehicles, garage and contents.

Doug Emeline, the owner of the 416 S. Montana Ave. house, was home and called 911 at 6 p.m.

The MCFR and the Custer County Fire Department responded. 

When firefighters arrived, they found the single-story detached garage fully involved and the fire had spread to the eaves of the main house at the address and the eaves and siding of the house at 1415 Bachelor St. also were burning, according to a press release from Russell.

The Bachelor Street home is a rental owned by Steve Hedge. No one was home at the time.

The fire spread to a  power pole on the side of the garage and live wires were down and arching. Two vehicles parked in front of the garage were on fire too. The two SUVs were from the 416 S. Montana residence.

Crews were able to knockdown the fire on the homes and vehicles. 

Montana-Dakota Utilities secured the power lines so crews could search both homes for further evidence of fire.

After both homes were searched, the crews were repositioned in order to fully extinguish the garage fire. 

The garage was a total loss but both homes suffered exterior damage only. No one was injured.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.