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Billings Fire Department strains resources during Wednesday's multiple fires

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The Billings Fire Department had a lot on their plate Wednesday with multiple fires igniting throughout the city, leaving the department strained on resources.

Multiple fires broke out throughout the day Wednesday, four of them were caused by arson. The Billings Fire Department were called out as early at 4:20 a.m. on Wednesday to put out fires caused by arson or other. Fire Chief Bill Rash explained the first step in any structure fire.

"The first thing is to try to determine the cause and origin," Chief Rash said. "Where did the fire start? There are some tell-tale signs."

Chief Rash said fire crews worked around the clock Wednesday and explained when the department's resources are stretched, they just do the best they can with what they have.

"We don't have any larger departments in the area like a lot of the metropolitan areas do, so we really have to try work smart and we have to rely on the dedication that we saw last night of our firefighters and saying 'I'm coming in and I'll be there to help."

Four structure fires Wednesday were caused by arson. Two others are still under investigation. Chief Rash said there are ways the community can help with the investigations.

"If people see things that are unusual or hear things that are unusual, such as the motor vehicle fires yesterday, please report that to us or the police department. Let us know what you heard or saw because it may not be anything, but it may be something that would help us in the investigation."

Chief Rash said there's still a lot of work to do with the investigations to determine the cause and will release information as soon as there are any developments.

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