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BREAKING NEWS: Great Falls fire out; some residents can return home

GREAT FALLS — The fire that has raged at J.P. Stevens No. 3 mill for nearly a week was put out at 5:40 p.m. today, and evacuees living on 14 streets will be allowed to return home, officials announced. Additionally, the Town Council has enacted a 9 p.m. curfew.

The fire, which began Tuesday, forced half of the town’s 2,200 residents to evacuate their homes

Residents were evacuated because of health and environmental concerns.

Firefighters and National Guard members worked to smother the fire, using water hoses and foam to prevent oxygen from reaching the blaze.

Charlotte firefighters and Black Hawk helicopters helped local crews over the weekend to reduce the steady burning fire into a haze.