Firefighters battle blaze on Peach Street in Bozeman


BOZEMAN, Mont. - Fire fighters withstood the arctic cold as they battled a house fire north of downtown Bozeman on Thursday evening.

The Bozeman Fire Department responded to a fire on the 600 block of Peach Street around 7 p.m. on Thursday.

Fire crews told NBC Montana the fire started in the basement of an older Bozeman home. A service line to the house was busted, so the fire was gas fed until Northwestern Energy could remotely dig out the gas meter.

More than 30 firefighters actively fought the fire.

Firefighters expected to fight the fire well into the night, and expected the home to be a total loss.

There were no injuries, and all surrounding structures and power lines were secured.

Firefighters explained the flames were extremely difficult to fight because of the sub-zero temperatures.

"Between being a stubborn fire and an old house and the below freezing temperatures, we're freezing up trucks and freezing up fire hoses," explained Battalion Chief Mark Criner. "Also, the fuel that runs the trucks..we've had a couple trucks that the fuel started to gel, which then the truck will shut down, and we had to get them out of here and back to the station where they could warm up."

The Bozeman Fire department said fire investigators will try to figure out what caused the fire in the morning. We will continue to update you as we learn more.

The following information comes from the Bozeman Fire Department's Facebook page:

With a current temperature of -19 and a wind chill of -35 Bozeman Fire Fighters are currently battling both a stubborn working structure fire and extreme cold around the 600-block of Peach.

We ask all public stay clear of the area for safety of crews and yourself. With the Help of utility companies working on turning off gas to the structure crews will remain on scene for some time.

Fire investigators will arrive shortly after sunrise to begin the process of origin and cause determination 

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