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UPDATE 7:45 a.m.:

A barbecue caused the fire that burned a home near Columbus on Sunday, said Rich Cowger, Columbus fire chief. A quick response from firefighters helped save most of the main living area in the home and many of the homeowners' belongings, he said today.

The A-frame log home is in the Northridge Subdivision about five miles north of Columbus. The fire started on an attached, covered deck and spread into the roof, creeping into the roof of the main home, Cowger said.

Firefighters helped the homeowners move their belongings away from the burning area before they used chain saws to remove the wood tongue-and-groove ceiling to get at the fire.

"If the fire gets established in a log home, it can be an absolute bearcat," Cowger said.

Because the metal roof was steep and slippery, access was difficult, so firefighters used a ladder truck to peel back the roof material.

The Columbus Volunteer Fire Department purchased the engine from the Billings Fire Department about five years ago, Cowger said, and Sunday was the first time the ladder was used to fight a structure fire.

"We couldn't have done it without that truck," Cowger said.

The Park City Volunteer Fire Department was also called to help fight the fire.


Original story:

Volunteer firefighters from Columbus and Absarokee responded to a fire at a home on Northridge Road about eight miles north of Columbus on Sunday. The fire was reported shortly after 8 p.m.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, and the extent of damages to the home was yet to be determined.

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