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Fire holds up five trains

February 19, 2002

Fire holds up five trains



Berkeley Springs, W.Va.

By DAVE McMILLION / Staff Writer, Charles Town


Fire officials are trying to determine the cause of a brush fire Sunday that consumed about 15 acres of woods and delayed five trains on a nearby rail line.

It appears the fire started along the railroad tracks and spread up a mountainous area, said Dan Unger, chief of the Berkeley Springs Volunteer Fire Co.

The fire spread through a wooded area that had been harvested for timber, said Unger.

Firefighters from three states worked seven hours to extinguish the blaze after it was initially reported at 4:14 p.m., said Unger.

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It took a long time to fight the fire because of windy conditions and because water had to be hauled from Hancock, said Unger.

A tanker hauled water from Hancock to another tanker waiting on the West Virginia side. That tanker then took the water up to brush trucks on the mountainside, said Unger.

Four freight trains and an Amtrak train had to be delayed because water hoses had to be laid across the tracks, Unger said.

The freight trains were delayed between 45 minutes and two hours, said CSX spokeswoman Kathy Brown. Commuter train traffic was not affected by the fire, emergency officials said.

The rail line was open to train traffic Monday, said Brown.

The site of the fire was just west of a bridge the crosses the Potomac River from the Hancock area into West Virginia, dispatchers said.

Five fire companies from Morgan along with help from units in Frederick Co., Va., Allegany County, Md., and Washington County responded to the fire, said dispatchers.

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