Eureka Bank ‘Total Loss’ After Early Morning Fire

By Beacon Staff

An early morning fire gutted Glacier Bank in Eureka Thursday in what John Livingston, president of the Eureka Rural Volunteer Fire Department, characterized as a “total loss.”

Firefighters responded to a report of a fire at the bank, which is located on U.S. Highway 93 in downtown Eureka, at about 4 a.m. When they arrived, flames were already visible on the main floor and quickly spreading to the ceiling and roof area, Livingston said.

At 10 a.m., firefighters were still dousing the last of the blaze. The bank, which Livingston estimated is 3,000 to 3,500 square feet, is mostly surrounded by a parking lot and no other buildings were damaged in the fire.

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time and investigators were already on the scene. No one was in the building at the time of the fire.

Eureka’s is an all-volunteer fire department and Livingston said about 20 members responded to the blaze. U.S. Highway 93 through downtown Eureka was closed Thursday morning and traffic was rerouted. It has since reopened.

According to Glacier Bank’s website, the “bank will be able to accept all deposits and help with customer needs at both Whitefish Credit Union and First Interstate Bank in Eureka until further notice.”

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