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Train car that burned on railroad track in Spokane on Thursday contained pre-burned trash

Aug. 21, 2021 Updated Sun., Aug. 22, 2021 at 8:37 p.m.

A photo provided by the Spokane Fire Department shows firefighters extinguishing a blaze inside a train car on top of a bridge near Browne’s Addition on Thursday evening.  (Courtesy Spokane Fire Department)
A photo provided by the Spokane Fire Department shows firefighters extinguishing a blaze inside a train car on top of a bridge near Browne’s Addition on Thursday evening. (Courtesy Spokane Fire Department)
From staff reports

From staff reports

A train car that caught on fire on top of a railroad track on Thursday contained pre-burned trash and required a hazmat team to assist in extinguishing the blaze.

A Burlington Northern Santa Fe train was reported to be burning just after 9:30 p.m. Thursday on the bridge near West 3rd Avenue and West Sunset Boulevard, according to a news release from the Spokane Fire Department.

The fire was extinguished in half an hour, according to the department. BNSF officials were on-hand during firefighting efforts.

No injuries were reported. The single car was destroyed in the blaze. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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