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Wednesday, January 29, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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BNSF train engine fails, catches fire in Cheney

From staff reports

A BNSF train caught fire in Cheney Saturday afternoon, closing nearby roads for hours as firefighters responded, KHQ reported.

The blaze, first reported at about 11:30 a.m. near Cheney Plaza Road and Alki Street, started when one of a train’s two engines caught fire, KHQ reported. The train was carrying 14,000 tons of soybeans.

Spokane County Fire District 3 crews went inside the train to disable its power so Cheney firefighters crews could douse the flames with water and foam, KHQ reported. No one was injured.

The fire was contained to the engine bay and BNSF brought in another locomotive to pull the train out of the way, KHQ reported. Roads in the area reopened around 3:45 p.m.

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