UPDATE: NorthWestern Energy main office closed Uptown due to fire

2012-10-03T08:45:00Z 2012-10-03T09:39:47Z UPDATE: NorthWestern Energy main office closed Uptown due to fire Montana Standard
October 03, 2012 8:45 am

The main office in Uptown Butte for NorthWestern Energy Co. was evacuated this morning due to a fire in the basement.

Some employees are now being let back into the building.

The fire started early Wednesday morning in the generator room in the sub-basement of the building at 40 E. Broadway, but is now out, according to spokesman Butch Larcombe. The call came into the Butte-Silver Bow Sheriff's office at 6:35 a.m.

Some 200 employees who work in the building are working form home or from other locations. It could be several hours before the building will be fully reopened, Larcombe said.

 

 

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  1. yetty
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    yetty - October 03, 2012 8:16 pm
    throwing it to people from home or other places,huh that must be nice.If it was electrical,call one of the local co ops and they will fix it right up!
  2. yetty
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    yetty - October 03, 2012 6:16 pm
    Or lets burn it down and demolish the rest,and move on.maybe northwest could move.
  3. uptown
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    uptown - October 03, 2012 2:23 pm
    My understanding is that the original facade is pretty much intact under there, and that there are those (perhaps not those with decision making ability, though) within the company who would very much like to return this facade to its historical appearance.

    I hope the fire was insignificant.
  4. ShelleyW
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    ShelleyW - October 03, 2012 11:57 am
    Fire in the middle of a historic block is something to be feared. Looking at the picture of the facade of the one time Montana Power headquarters, I can't help but wonder if it should be slated for a redo. It seems such an abberation alongsde other strctures. Not saying it should look like it did in say 1940, but it should at least be compatible with its surroundings.

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