A fire that caused $75,000 in damage to a duplex at 214 S. 29th St. on Friday afternoon was caused by malfunctioning electrical wiring in the kitchen and has been ruled accidental, according to a press release from the Billings Fire Department.
No one was in the residence at the time, said Battalion Chief Ed Regele. The fire was called in by a passer-by at about 1:25 p.m. The fire caused heavy damage to the kitchen, with smoke damage to the bedroom and living room, according to the press release from Deputy Fire Marshal Jaime Fender.
The fire was in one unit of a duplex. The second residence had light smoke damage, Regele said. The property was not insured.