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Posted by David Schott (+16946) 6 years ago
Rumor has it there was/is a fire on the west end of town -- possibly at the livestock sales yards. Anyone have any details?
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Posted by RJP (+163) 6 years ago
The stockyard is destroyed. Don't know the cause.
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Posted by David Schott (+16946) 6 years ago
Grim. Sorry to hear it.
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Posted by MilesCity.com Webmaster (+9999) 6 years ago
Wow. Any more info?
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Posted by MilesCity.com Webmaster (+9999) 6 years ago
I found these photos online. It does appear pretty grim.




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Posted by Amorette Allison (+11731) 6 years ago
The main sales building is gone, as is another nearby building. No details yet but it was burned to the ground.
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Posted by Hal Neumann (+9888) 6 years ago
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Posted by MilesCity.com Webmaster (+9999) 6 years ago
Fire destroys livestock commission building


The Miles City Livestock Commission building burned to the ground on Saturday, with the loss estimated at more than $1 million.

Firefighters were called to the structure, located at 337 I-90 Business on the west end of town, just after noon, said Custer County Fire Chief Bud Peterson. When an alarm went off, one of the workers at the commission saw smoke coming out of the interior of the building, Peterson said.

A second caller, a half-minute later, could see flames coming through the window.

“This building was built in the early 1900s, so it’s really old and dry,” Peterson said. “By the time the engines arrived on scene, the building was totally engulfed. Then we got a little push of wind, which didn’t help anything.”

About 20 firefighters from the Miles City Fire Department and the Custer County Fire Department battled the blaze for two hours. Equipment included four structure engines and two water tenders.

One firefighter was injured at the scene, Peterson said. The man was initially taken to Holy Rosary Hospital in Miles City and then transferred to a Billings hospital. His condition is unknown.

There were no animals inside the building at the time of the fire, Peterson said. Animals that were outside the building were moved to safety, and none were injured.

Peterson estimated the loss of the building at more than $1 million. He wasn’t certain whether it is insured. The cause of the blaze remains under investigation.

Reached Saturday evening, Miles City Livestock Commission Co. owner Bart Meged said he had no comment. A notice on the commission’s website read: “Due to unfortunate circumstances there will be no sale this Tuesday the 16th. We will be back on schedule the 23rd.”

The Miles City Livestock Commission Co. “is one of the oldest stockyards in this part of America,” according to the company’s website.

Originally it sold only horses, including thousands of military horses all around the world. Now, it sells all classes of livestock, with an emphasis on cattle.

The company built a new facility at its present location in 1950, the website said. Rob Fraser, Bart Meged and two other partners bought the auction in September 1991.

Fraser bought out the interests of all owners, except Meged, in 1995. In January 2015, Meged bought Fraser’s interest, and with his wife, Misty, became the sole owners.

Read more: http://billingsgazette.co...05f96.html
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Posted by hotshot92 (+470) 6 years ago
See but the owner and several over people have said as well that no one injured, i hope not but if so i hope for a speedy recovery
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Posted by Amorette Allison (+11731) 6 years ago
The stockyards were built in the late forties and early fifties, after World War II. Maybe to the young folks that is 'early twentieth century' but, to me, it's mid-century. Minor detail.
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Posted by MRH (+1499) 6 years ago
Very surprised there was not more coverage and photos in the Miles City Star. I appreciated the coverage by the Billings Gazette including the article and photos. I am glad the article and photos were posted in this thread. All folks in town do not take the Billings Gazette, and many do not read miles city.com. I would rather read a more complete article with photos, even if there is a glitch in a date.
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Posted by Jesse Smith (+422) 6 years ago
Did they figure out what started it?
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Posted by KATLRadio (+173) 6 years ago
The cause of the fire remains under investigation. KATL Radio will have more information at 530PM in our Local News. And be sure to stay with us for continuing coverage.
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Posted by KATLRadio (+173) 6 years ago
The fire at the Miles City Livestock Commission has been ruled accidental. Due to the extensive damage, the exact cause of the fire is undetermined.
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Posted by Joe Whalen (+623) 6 years ago
Yes, I heard this press release on YPR and the announcer understandably stumbled aloud as she read it; as if to say, "How is it possible to conclude that the fire was accidental if the cause remains unknown?"

I wonder if the fire investigators understood how boneheaded their statement would sound.
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Posted by Amorette Allison (+11731) 6 years ago
The was NO evidence of any intentional fire being set. If it wasn't intentional, it was an accident.

It appeared to be electrical in origin but the fire was so extensive, they were unable to determine exactly which outlet burned first. They can guess but can't pinpoint.
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