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A quick response by the Billings Fire Department Tuesday night was able to prevent a burning car from doing much more than scorch the paint on an adjacent building. 

Firefighters began to arrive at the 3300 block of First Avenue North not long after the fire was reported shortly after 8 p.m. in the alleyway between JB Automotive and a wing of the Bourbon Street Hotel. 

No one was injured in the fire and initial information indicated the passenger car was unoccupied when the fire began, said Battalion Chief Kevin Johnson. 

The car was parked behind a dumpster and next to the JB Automotive building's west wall. The location of the fire did raise concerns that it might have damaged power lines located above. NorthWestern Energy was called out to inspect the wires, Johnson said. 

A fire investigator was also called to the scene of the fire. Firefighters checked the JB Automotives building's roof and interior and found no sign that the fire had spread into the structure, Johnson said. 

The Billings Police Department also responded to the fire. Police and firefighting vehicles blocked off all but one lane of westbound traffic on First Avenue North during the initial response. 


Night Reporter

General assignment reporter for The Billings Gazette.