Fire temporarily shuts down WA RR trestle
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) -- Fire temporarily shut down a railroad trestle over Bellingham Bay about a mile south of Bellingham but a railroad spokesman says the trestle has reopened.
Burlington Northern Santa Fe spokesman Gus Melonas says there was no structural damage, but crews replaced about 210 feet of rail and 100 bridge ties on the 212-foot-long structure. It reopened late Tuesday afternoon.
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.