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Man rescued in Butte from smoke-filled apartment

Posted at 10:29 AM, Feb 02, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-02 14:22:55-05

BUTTE — UPDATE: 2/2/2021, 12:20 PM - A person is being held in police custody as “a person of interest” and being questioned in connection with the fire. Police have not released the identity of the suspect since no charge has been filed in this matter.

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Butte police rescued a man overcome by smoke from a possible fire in an apartment building Monday evening.

Police and firefighters responded to the Mueller Apartments on West Granite Street at about 8:45 p.m. on a report of smoke in the building. Police evacuated the building and two officers climbed to the fourth floor where the smoke was getting thicker. They found a man there who was having difficulty breathing and moving, so the officers carried him out of the building.

A person is being held in police custody as “a person of interest” and being questioned in connection with the fire. Police have not released the identity of the suspect since no charge has been filed in this matter.

The victim was taken to St. James HealthCare where he remains hospitalized Tuesday morning.

Firefighters located the cause of the smoke in an apartment on the fourth floor. The cause remains under investigation Tuesday.

No other injuries were reported.