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Garage fire in Butte knocks out power to 6,700 residents

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BUTTE - A garage fire knocked out power to 6,700 customers and destroyed two cars overnight.

Butte-Silver Bow Firefighters were dispatched at 11:56 p.m. Monday night to a garage fire in the 800 block of West Granite Street.

According to fire officials, a detached garage was fully involved upon their arrival. The homeowner Polly Smith said her Honda and her husband's vintage Jeep were both a total loss, along with their garage.

Four surrounding buildings were damaged, investigators say.

NorthWestern Energy estimates all power to be restored to Butte by 2 p.m. Tuesday afternoon.

NorthWestern also estimates around 6,700 residents lost power from the fire. 

The Butte-Silver Bow Fire Department Facebook page states, "Butte-Silver Bow Fire Department personnel, Battalion Chief Jim Merrifield, Captain Bryan Cetraro, and firefighters Kahl Clark, Zach Osborne, John Liebel, and Cody Sherrill, arrived on scene with Engines 2, 4, and Ladder 1."

Big Butte, Centerville, Race Track, and Walkerville volunteer fire departments were all called to respond to the fire. Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire in just under two hours.

Firefighter's efforts were complicated by the presence of high voltage power lines near the garage. "They couldn't put water on the fire right away because they were nervous about power lines but they worked quickly and got things done," Smith said.

Fire officials say many of the lines fell and failed, which caused the widespread outages. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

NorthWestern Energy posted on Twitter on Tuesday afternoon, saying that power should be fully restored.

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