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Hangar fire extinguished at airport

by TERESA BYRD
Hungry Horse News | March 12, 2021 12:00 PM

Emergency responders with the Glacier Park International Airport fire rescue crew, assisted by all units of Columbia Falls Fire Department and Evergreen Fire Rescue, responded to a report of smoke billowing from an airplane hangar at the airport at 9 a.m. Friday morning.

According to Airport Director Robert Ratkowski, the exact cause of the fire is still unknown, although it may have originated in an aircraft parked in one of the hangar’s bays.

The GPIA fire rescue crew responded using its new aircraft fire fighting vehicles, the first time the vehicles have been used in the field since being obtained by the crew in December.

The fire was out and responders began leaving by 9:40 a.m. By noon crews were in the mop-up stage of their response, according to a press release from GPIA.

No injuries were reported.