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UPDATE: Victim of fatal Billings house fire identified

Posted at 11:45 AM, Sep 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-29 16:10:07-04

BILLINGS — UPDATE: 2:07 p.m. - Sept. 29, 0202

BILLINGS - Authorities have released the name of the man who was found dead inside a house fire on the Billings West End.

John D. Nailen, 45, died of smoke inhalation, according to the Yellowstone County Coroner's Office.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.


(first report: 11:45 a.m. - Sept. 29, 2020)

A man was found dead inside the bedroom of a home at 3309 Tahoe Drive in Billings Monday after a fire broke out around 3:09 p.m., according to a media release from Billings Deputy Fire Marshal Jamie Fender.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, according to the release.

The flames caused heavy damage to the living room and bedroom of the residence. Damages to the property and contents were estimated at $100,000.

The fire is being investigated jointly by the Billings Fire Department and detectives with the Billings Police Department.