HELENA — UPDATE 1:15 p.m.: The Helena Fire Department responded to a fire in a single-family home in the 400 block of Oakes Street shortly after 12:00 p.m. on Thursday.
Assistant Chief Mike Chambers says they believe it started on the outside of the house and spread into the attic. He said they were able to respond quickly and get it under control.
No one was inside except several cats and a dog, which were safely recovered.
West Valley, Montana City, East Valley and VA Fire also responded. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
Original story 12:50 p.m.: The Helena Fire Department is responding to a structure fire on the 400 block of N. Oakes Street, near the Ray Bjork Learning Center.
People are asked to avoid the area while fire crews respond to the emergency.
MTN’s Jonathon Ambarian is on the scene and will provide more information as it becomes available.