HAVRE, Mont. — Fire officials say the cause of a blaze that destroyed an agricultural equipment business in north-central Montana has yet to be determined.

The Great Falls Tribune reported Wednesday that the Christmas Eve fire caused millions of dollars in losses to Big Equipment Co., an internationally-known custom tractor business near Havre. In terms of square footage, it was the largest fire Havre has responded to in 30 years, Assistant Fire Chief Kelly Jones said.

Jones says the fire caused $3,000 in damage alone to the department’s trucks and equipment.

Big Equipment Co. owner Ron Harmon says that while the business is a total loss, it is insured and he plans to rebuild. The business employs 32 people.

Information from: Great Falls Tribune, http://www.greatfallstribune.com

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