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First Interstate Bank

The new First Interstate Bank branch in the Billings Heights at 730 Main Street has reopened after a fire in March 2017. Pictured Thursday, December 20, 2018.

First Interstate Bank opened up its new Heights facility Thursday after damage from a 2017 fire led to the decision to demolish the old building

Located at 730 Main St., the new location "merges the traditional branch concept with improved digital technology," according to a First Interstate Bank press release announcing the opening.

The branch is 6,053 square feet in size, has "improved traffic flow," and includes broadened drive-up lanes intended to help larger vehicles pass through, according to the press release. The building has a 24-hour drive-up ATM in front of the building facing Main Street, said advertising manager Brittany Cremer.

Customers can continue to meet with bankers in private offices, but the new building also features a "teller pod" layout with small pod-style stations for those seeking to make simple transactions. 

The March 2017 fire that damaged the previous building was caused by electrical failure in the wiring and caused an estimated $750,000 in damage, according to a Billings Fire Department press release about the incident. The fire originated in the lower level of the building. First Interstate Bank continued to staff a temporary facility nearby as demolition and construction progressed.

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Night Reporter

General assignment reporter for The Billings Gazette.