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Billings firefighters extinguished a blaze at a small house at 226 Burlington Avenue on Thursday morning.

The house is in the backyard behind the main home on the property.

Battalion Chief Dave Gilbert, with the Billings Fire Department, said firefighters were called out at about 6:45 a.m. When they arrived, they found flames and smoke coming out of the home’s windows. A column of smoke could be seen from about a half-mile away.

“It was fully involved, pretty much,” Gilbert said.

Firefighters quickly put out the flames, but at 7 a.m., some smoke was still coming from the structure. The frame above the north door was scorched by flames.

Afterward, firefighters could be seen looking for hot spots in the home’s walls, ceiling and attic window frames.

Gilbert said that nobody appears to have been in the home when it caught fire.

Deputy Fire Marshal Trever Schilling said the fire heavily damaged the inside of the home. He estimated damage at $100,000. The property is insured, but its contents are not.

Schilling said the fire’s cause remains unknown and an investigation continues.

Four engine crews, a ladder truck crew and the battalion chief responded.

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