Helena Fire Department douses blaze at Albertsons early Saturday

The Helena Fire Department responded to a fire in the Albertsons grocery store on Montana Avenue in Helena early Saturday.

HFD Capt. Vince Williams confirmed the fire broke out in the rear of the building, located at 3151 N. Montana. The initial call for service came in around 5:30 a.m.

Helena Fire Marshal Lou Antonick said an investigation determined the cause of the fire to be electrical and accidental.

Antonick said an electrical cord connecting a transformer to a piece of equipment sparked the fire.

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Williams said a fire suppression sprinkler head activated directly over the blaze, keeping it mostly in check until firefighters arrived on scene.

A fire system monitoring company alerted dispatch following the water pressure change caused by the activated sprinkler, according to Antonick.

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