- Associated Press - Monday, June 22, 2015

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) - The lead engine of an eastbound train pulling empty oil cars caught fire near Columbia Falls. No one was injured.

BSNF Railway spokesman Matt Jones tells the Daily Inter Lake (https://bit.ly/1Ius9Cz ) the fire started at about 2 p.m. Sunday as the train rolled past the Columbia Falls Aluminum Co.

Columbia Falls Fire Chief Rick Hagen says the crew evacuated and called 911.

Jones says the minor fire was caused by a mechanical failure in the locomotive and was limited to the engine compartment. No other engines or cars were damaged.

The damaged engine was taken to Havre for repairs while the rest of the train continued east.

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Information from: Daily Inter Lake, https://www.dailyinterlake.com


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