Posted: Oct 29, 2012 8:07 AM by Claire Anderson, David Sherman
Updated: Oct 29, 2012 8:08 AM
GREAT FALLS - The fire at the Pretty Girls building in Great Falls has been deemed "catastrophic" by Great Falls Fire Rescue Chief Randy McCamley.
There was nobody inside the building at the time of the fire, and no reports of any injuries.
The building is located at 1015 24th Street South, behind the Buffalo Saloon; nearby businesses include Hutchinson Electric and Nelson Insurance.
Crews responded to the fire at about 2 a.m., with an "all call" going out to all available firefighters.
About 35 firefighters responded to the fire.
The "third alarm" fire also triggered mutual aid from the MT Air National Guard, who were called to back-fill one of the GFFR stations.
Deputy City Manager Jenn Reichelt says that as of 5:20 a.m., there is a 30-foot perimeter around the scene.
Reichelt says that people are urged to avoid the area if at all possible, as some side roads are still blocked off as crews continue battling the fire.
She added that this is the largest fire in Great Falls since the Set Free building went up in flames in 2009.