First Interstate cleanup

Fire restoration and construction workers were on the scene of Tuesday's fire at the First Interstate Bank location on Main Street in Billings Heights. 

LARRY MAYER, Gazette Staff

A Billings bank remained closed Wednesday after it was damaged by a fire on Tuesday.

First Interstate Bank’s Heights branch will be closed while the damage from the fire is addressed, said Cynthia Lyle, First Interstate’s marketing director.

"We do not have a timeline when the Heights branch will reopen for full banking services," Lyle said in an email. "We are working to allow clients with safe deposit boxes access to their belongings once it is safe for people to enter the building." 

The Billings Fire Department responded to the fire at about 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. Firefighters found smoke and flames in the building’s lower level. The bank was evacuated and no injuries were reported.

In a news release, Billings Deputy Fire Marshal Jeff McCullough said the fire damage was estimated at $750,000, but the building and its contents were insured. Initial findings from the Fire Department suggested the fire was the result of an electrical issue. McCullough said the investigation is ongoing. 

Lyle said "contrary to reports, the cause of the fire has yet to be determined, nor do we know the full extent or cost of the damage."

She said First Interstate Bank customers can use other Billings locations and online services until the Heights branch reopens.

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General assignment reporter for the Billings Gazette.