- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 5, 2016

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) - The chief of a rural fire department west of Kalispell says an arson fire at one of its two fire halls likely caused hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage.

Smith Valley Fire Chief D.C. Haas tells the Daily Inter Lake (https://bit.ly/29ojb1z ) he hasn’t tallied up the cost of the lost rescue equipment and gear, but says it’s going to be substantial.

The damage, discovered Sunday, included the destruction of a rescue truck and serious damage to a fire truck.

Flathead County Sheriff Chuck Curry says detectives are investigating, but it’s not clear when the fire started. No one had been in the fire hall for at least two days before the damage was discovered. By then the fire was out. Anyone with information is asked to contact the sheriff’s office.

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

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