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Firefighters battle blaze in rail car in Vancouver

By Calley Hair, Columbian staff writer
Published: October 14, 2018, 1:28pm
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A BNSF rail car burns after catching fire around 12:50 p.m. Sunday.
A BNSF rail car burns after catching fire around 12:50 p.m. Sunday. A spokesperson for the company could not immediately be reached for comment. Photo Gallery

Crews extinguished a fire in a rail car in west Vancouver near the intersection of West Fourth Plain Boulevard and Roosevelt Avenue.

The fire, which involved a single rail car, was reported at 12:49 p.m., according to dispatch records. It was located in a switching yard near the Port of Vancouver. A passerby driving over the overpass on West Fourth Plain Boulevard called the fire in, said Vancouver Fire Department Battalion Chief Tige Harmon.

Two fire trucks reported to the BNSF rail yard to extinguish the fire, which was put out by around 3:30 p.m., according to BNSF spokesperson Gus Melonas. The rail car, which belonged to an undisclosed local customer, was full of smoldering scrap metal. The car was transported to an isolated area on a track near a fire hydrant. Nearby office workers left the premises.

“For safety reasons we did evacuate our rail operations,” Melonas said at 4 p.m. Sunday afternoon. “We’re investigating the situation further. We’re back to normal operations.”

No injuries were reported.

Columbian staff writer