Firefighters respond to flames at Helena Industries

HELENA – Investigators are trying to figure out what caused a fire to break out Thursday night at the Helena Industries Thrift Store.

The Helena Fire department arrived on scene to the intersection of Cedar St. and Montana Ave. sometime after 9 p.m. Thursday with two engines and eight firefighters. When they arrived, they saw flames coming from the roof of the building.

The Helena Fire Department chief called for more firefighters, and then crews broke through the back door up the stairs on the second floor of the building. West Valley Fire and NorthWestern Energy also responded to the scene.

According to Lieutenant Mike McDaniel, crews were able to quickly put the fire out. “The fire was quickly extinguished by the initial entry crew and…we’re still doing some salvage and overhaul work and we’ll be investigating the fire as our fire investigation team arrives,” McDaniel said.

McDaniel said the building was empty at the time and no one was injured.

This is a developing story and we’ll bring you more information as it becomes available.