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Emergency crews responding to fire on east side of Great Falls

The fire is burning at or near Steel Etc at 1408 52nd Street North
Emergency crews tackle fire on east side of Great Falls
Posted at 8:51 PM, Sep 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-24 10:29:52-04

GREAT FALLS — Emergency crews are at the scene of a fire on the east side of Great Falls.

The fire is burning at or near Steel Etc at 1408 52nd Street North, which is along the north side of River Drive, across the street from Big Sky Animal Clinic.

We do not know if the building is on fire, or if the fire is burning material nearby.

At this point, there are no reports of any injuries.

We began receiving reports of the fire at about 7:20 p.m. on Monday.

There is no word yet on the possible cause of the fire.

We have a reporter at the scene and will post an update when we get more details.



(UPDATE, 9:30 pm) The scrap pile fire has been extinguished; there is still some residual smoke, and firefighters are doing mop-up work now.

Black Eagle Volunteer Fire Department said that Steel Etc does a lot of controlled burns with an active burn permit, but Monday's fire started and they tried to put it out, but it got bigger then they could handle, so they called 911.

Black Eagle Volunteer Fire Department responded to the fire, along with mutual aid from Sand Coulee Fire, Malmstrom AFB, Gore Hill Fire, and Vaughn Fire.

Photo from Black Eagle Volunteer Fire Department
Photo from Black Eagle Volunteer Fire Department
Emergency crews responding to fire on east side of Great Falls
Emergency crews responding to fire on east side of Great Falls