First Interstate fire scene

Billings firefighters battle a fire at First Interstate Bank at 730 Main Street in Billings Heights on March 28, 2017. 

LARRY MAYER, Gazette Staff

Demolition of the First Interstate Bank building in the Heights will begin later this month with plans to rebuild after a fire destroyed the building.

The bank's Main Street location was damaged by fire in March, destroying the basement level and sending smoke throughout the building. Now the company says it's moving forward with plans for a new building in the same location.

“Our new branch will feature a more open floor plan, providing our clients with convenient access to banking services,” said Retail Manager Michelle Fuss in a press release.

The building will be a single level, 7,000-square-foot space, according to First Interstate. The company said it will have more parking and wider drive-up lanes. It's scheduled to open next year.

A temporary banking facility, as well as drive-up lanes, will be open throughout construction, the company said.

At least one business tenant of the previous building, the dentist Ian McDonald, moved into a new location after the fire.

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General Assignment Reporter

Reporter for The Billings Gazette.