Fire shuts down RR trestle near Bellingham
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) -- Fire has shut down a railroad trestle over Bellingham Bay about a mile south of Bellingham.
Burlington Northern Santa Fe spokesman Gus Melonas says there was no structural damage, but crews are replacing 210 feet of rail and 100 bridge ties on the 212-foot-long structure.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Melonas says Monday night fireworks are a possibility. The fire was extinguished about 2 a.m. Tuesday by a Bellingham fire boat.
The single track rail line serves about 15 trains a day, including Amtrak, between Canada and the Puget Sound region.
The railroad hopes to reopen the track Monday afternoon.