Fire damages classic car Friday night in downtown Billings

A classic pickup truck in downtown Billings was badly damaged by fire Friday, according to the Billings Fire Department. 

At about 9:30 p.m. firefighters were dispatched to the area of Second Avenue North and North 32nd Street where they discovered a parked pickup truck that was “pretty much” fully in flames, according to Battalion Chief Ed Regele. 

The car appeared to be tan in color and Regele said he believed it was a restored 1956 Ford F-150. The fire began in the engine compartment while it was being driven, Regele said. “They had actually tried to put it out with a portable extinguisher before we got there but to no avail,” he said. The fire had spread from the engine compartment into the passenger compartment when firefighters arrived, Regele said. 

Firefighters pulled a hose line off their engine and connected it to a fire hydrant. “That’s just about all we can do,” Regele said. Parts of the truck were still intact after the fire, but Regele said the engine and passenger compartments were “pretty well burnt.” 

No one was injured by the fire and no structures or other vehicles were damaged, he said. 

The annual Burn the Point car parade which features a mix of classic, contemporary and custom cars, ended about two hours before the fire. Regele said he did not know if the car had participated in the parade. 

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