Determination of Miles City Fire Cause Awaits Demolition

By Beacon Staff

MILES CITY – Those investigating a devastating fire in downtown Miles City will have to wait until a wrecking crew demolishes unstable walls before they can try to determine what caused the blaze.

Capt. Kevin Quinlan of the Miles City Fire Department says the remaining two-story brick walls of the Cellar Casino are dangerous and have to be torn down.

The fire broke out Monday morning and burned more than three quarters of a block, affecting an estimated 15 businesses and 40 to 50 local jobs.

The North Eighth Avenue end of the 700 block of Main Street remains closed to vehicle traffic. Main Street in front of the three-quarter block disaster site is also shut down. Seventh Avenue traffic began flowing again Tuesday.

Mark Hanson of Montana-Dakota Utilities says power has been restored to every structure not involved in the fire.