According to MetroSafe, several train cars caught fire around 6:10 p.m. Monday.
NEW ALBANY, IN (WAVE) – Fire crews remained near the Kentucky and Indiana Bridge overnight Monday, putting out hotspots after over the Ohio River raged for hours.
Two train cars caught fire around 6:05 p.m. Monday after flames began in the railroad ties, Louisville firefighters said. At least 100 firefighters from Louisville and New Albany worked to battle the fire, and three New Albany firefighters were recovering from heat-related illnesses.
After trying to extinguish the flames using fire boats in the Ohio River and hoses carried out to the bridge deck, crews broke the train around 8:30 p.m. and got the flaming cars off the bridge.
"It was amazing to see them pull (the train off," said Janice Sidebottom, who watched the action from the New Albany side. "The only reason we knew it was going to happen was we heard a firefighter say, 'We have to get the car off the bridge.'"
The fire damaged rail trestles but there should be no structural damage to the bridge, fire officials said.
They said the bridge's owner, Norfolk Southern, had been doing work on the bridge deck in the past couple days, but the cause of the fire was under investigation.
Firefighters said bags of tea in one rail car provided kindling for the fire. A Norfolk Southern spokesperson had said earlier that the contents that caught fire we not considered to be hazardous.
River and rail traffic was shut down for hours around the bridge.
"They took the fight to the fire wherever it was," said New Albany Mayor Jeff Gahan, when asked whether there was a proper contingency plan for fires on the K&I Bridge. "I think they've done a great job."
Tuesday, April 20 2010 11:21 PM EDT2010-04-21 03:21:00 GMT
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