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Helena officials planning repairs for Fire Tower

Posted: 7:54 PM, Jun 28, 2019
Updated: 2019-06-28 21:54:56-04

HELENA – It’s been over two and a half years since a fire damaged one of the structural supports of the Fire Tower in Helena.

City officials say they haven’t forgotten about the iconic landmark and plan on making repairs.

Kristi Ponozzo, Parks and Recreation director, says the city is still actively looking at ways to fix the structural issues caused by the fire.

That damage has made it unsafe for people to be on the structure. It has also prevented the city from lighting at night.

“This is definitely something that we’re working on,” said Ponozoo. “We know how important it is to the city of Helena, not just as a park but also as an icon.”

Due to the historic nature of the landmark, the city has been working with the Montana Preservation Alliance to maintain the character of the structure and preserve the history.

“We’re making sure that we’re preserving it appropriately, that we’re fixing it how it needs to be fixed so that it can sustain for years to come and also figure out how to light it,” explained Ponozzo.

Plans for repairing the Fire Tower are still being developed at this time, but Ponozzo said the city will provide updates as soon as they are available.

-Reported by John Riley/MTN News