Fire leaves brothers homeless

A house fire in Poplar have left it’s residents homeless.

The Poplar Fire Department works to extinguish a fire at the late Jenine Decoteau's residence Friday, May 29, 2020. It took a couple of hours to fully extinguish the blaze, which was raging when the fire department arrived. Though the cause of the fire is unknown, a possible explosion has not been ruled out. (Photo by Louis Montclair/Tribal Times News)

By Louis Montclair

Two brothers are homeless after their family home was destroyed in a fire this past week.

On Friday, May 29, 2020, around 7 p.m., 911 Dispatch received a report of a fire on D Street West, just below Bluff Drive on the hill.


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When the fire was reported, it grew out of control fast, prompting neighbors to help stop the fire. People were using garden hoses and buckets of water from their homes to stop the fire from catching the other houses on fire. (Photo by Nelson Olney/Tribal Times News)

It is not sure how the fire started. Witnesses reported hearing a loud explosion as far away as TJ’s Quik Stop. It’s not known if the house was empty or not at the time.

The fire quickly turned into a blazing inferno with flames that could be seen from as far away as Fort Peck Community College. The direction of the fire was moving west, burning trees planted between the two homes.

Montana Dakota Utilities were called to shut off the electricity and the gas lines to the home.

Police officers discuss the their options regarding the fire in the background Friday, May 29, 2020.
(photo by Louis Montclair/Tribal Times News)

After about an hour, most of the house was destroyed.

The cause of the fire is still unclear.

The house was owned by the late Jenine Decoteau, who passed away December 27, 2019. Her sons JD and Tim Decoteau were residing there at the time. They are currently staying with relatives.

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