- Associated Press - Monday, May 11, 2015

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) - A fire that began among discarded appliances, lawnmowers and bicycles at a landfill north of Kalispell sent a column of black smoke into the air that could be seen for miles.

Authorities were investigating the cause of the fire, which started at about 2 p.m. Sunday at the Flathead County Solid Waste Facility along U.S. Highway 93.

The fire slowed traffic and attracted hundreds of spectators.

Water tankers from at least seven fire departments were involved in battling the blaze. No injuries were reported.

Landfill operations manager Jim Chilton says the fire was out at about 8:45 p.m. Sunday. He says a water tanker remained at the landfill Monday while crews cleaned up debris.

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