(MTN News-KALISPELL)  On Tuesday the Smith Valley Fire Department combed through what was left of the aftermath in an arson caused fire sometime Saturday evening or early Sunday morning.

The one question that sticks out in everyone’s mind is “Why”?

“Never seen anything like this, and I can’t answer that question Dax, I don’t know why someone would do this,” said Smith Valley Fire Chief DC Haas. “It is heartbreaking, it’s disturbing that someone out there is deranged enough to do something like this. Someone needs help and along those lines, Crimestoppers is offering a reward. I refer people that know something that have heard something, to call Crimestoppers and make that call.

Haas tells us that the garage wasn’t safe to enter for breathing on Tuesday morning due to the types of items that were burned. The blaze was started late Saturday or early Sunday morning after the prospective arsonist kicked in the back door of the garage.

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Haas tells us that the fire community has stepped up all over the Northwest to offer assistance, but that they are still trying to make heads or tails over what to do.

“Part of the reason we’re here today is to see what our needs are going to be,” Haas said. “How extensive, what can we salvage, what needs immediate replacement, but that fire community, that fire family has reached out and we’re telling them, give us a day to get through and see what our needs are and we’ll get back to you.”

Haas tells us the immediate need would be to find a temporary garage space to place an engine from their main fire hall in the Foy’s Lake area so that they can still respond effectively to a busy area of Kalispell.

You can call Crimestoppers at 406-752-8477 if you have any information that may help with the investigation and you may be eligible for a reward.



Reporter: Dax VanFossen