Bozeman Apartment Fire Still Under Investigation
The investigation continues into the Bozeman apartment fire on Tuesday that killed two residents. Montana Red Cross is working through the hours to help the 15 people now homeless from the tragedy. Montana Red Cross accepts donations as every dollar helps and 91 cents of each dollar goes directly to it’s humanitarian services.
Adam Bell – KBZK
Bozeman fire officials say they are continuing to conduct interviews and are hoping to release more information early Thursday morning. The fire broke out around 1 a.m. Tuesday in the 200 block of South 18th Avenue about two blocks south of the 19th Avenue and Main Street intersection.
Dale C. Beard, 29, and Jacob P. Neuman, 30, both of Bozeman and formerly of Wyoming were killed in the early Tuesday morning blaze. The two men were on the third floor of the three-story multiplex, Bozeman Fire Chief Jason Shrauger said. Shrauger said this is the first double fatality fire in Bozeman that he can remember in his 16 years with the department.
The Montana Red Cross said in a news release today that an estimated 15 people were displaced from their homes by the fire.
More than 40 firefighters responded to the scene. The American Red Cross also stepped in helping families in need.
“There’s immediate needs of sheltering. We can provide clothes, thus seasonal clothes we’re providing that with the winter being what it is, food and mental health services as well,” Rick Gale of the Montana Red Cross said.
Gale adds the Red Cross is already assisting two families and had meetings with several others on Wednesday.
To donate to the victims of the fire, you can do so by calling the Montana Red Cross at 1-800-ARC-MONT and just specify that you want the donation to go to the victims of the Bozeman fire.