Train fire put out quickly

Emporia Gazette – June 29, 2017

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A train caught fire before rolling into Emporia Wednesday, but firefighters were able to get it doused quickly.

At approximately 1:32 p.m., scanner traffic indicated a fire at the BNSF railway yard located at West Second Avenue and Constitution Street. The suspected blaze was in the second engine near the front of the train. The fire was actually reported when the train was still outside of town, so crews from the Emporia Fire Department were waiting for it when it pulled up to the railyard.

The fire was quickly doused and the scene was deemed clear just a little more than 20 minutes after it was reported.

Battalion Chief Steve Howe said the blaze likely was started when a friction motor overheated. The car was uncoupled from the rest of the train so that it can cool down. Once it has, maintenance crews from BNSF will assess the damage.

No injuries were reported as a result of the fire.


Posted by Gwen Dorr Romine, KSFFA Webmaster
KSFFA’s Fire News Blog Home Page

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