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Fire destroys barn, kills 2 horses on South Frontage Road

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BILLINGS, Mont. -

Fire crews battled gusty winds as they responded to reports of a structure fire on South Frontage Road, west of Sugar Avenue Wednesday night. The call for the fire came in at 7:41 p.m.

Traffic was temporarily stopped on South Frontage Road as firefighters and the sheriff's department responded to the scene. The road is currently open but the driveway to the structure will be blocked off until the fire marshal finishes the investigation. 

The sheriff's department did confirm the structure lost was a barn of an unknown size. They also confirmed there is a home on the property that appeared to be out of danger. 

The family renting the barn and pasture arrived at the scene around 8:45 p.m. and reported there were about a dozen horses on the property, but the fire department was unable to reach the horses at that time. Sheriff Mike Linder confirmed to KULR-8 two horses died in the fire.

The sheriff's department stated the Billings Fire Department was having a hard time getting the fire under control due to strong winds and being unable to get their equipment close enough to the fire. The winds pushed the fire southeast toward a river. The fire jumped a canal and burned on an island moving toward the river. 

Sheriff Linder attributed the cause of the fire as an electrical malfunction. He confirmed investigators found wires that had arc, and they indicate the wires may have pulled loose or fell from the insulator. This investigation is still ongoing.

Check back for updates.

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