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Utility poles on train car catch fire

July 06, 2011|By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com
  • Burned utility poles are visible Wednesday on a train car near hump road in Hagerstown that caught fire.
By Joe Crocetta, Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — A train car carrying utility poles caught fire while it was sitting on tracks Wednesday afternoon at the CSX Transflo Bulk Transfer Terminal west of Hagerstown.

Sgt. Wesley Loveless of The Volunteer Fire Co. of Halfway said an initial investigation determined that a spark ignited the wooden poles while workers were cutting metal on one of the train cars.

The fire, which was reported at about 3:20 p.m., took roughly 15 minutes to control, Loveless said.

The poles were loaded on the middle of three train cars that were parked on the tracks. Heavy smoke filled the air as firefighters sprayed the flames with a chemical foam from a ladder truck.

Loveless said firefighters planned to remove the poles from the train car and spray each of them with more foam to ensure the fire wouldn’t rekindle.

“We want to make sure the fire is out,” Loveless said. “The charred ones we’re really going to pay close attention to.”

Loveless said firefighters sprayed Class A foam on the poles.

He said Class A foam is used to extinguish paper and wood fires. Firefighters also use Class B foam to extinguish liquid fires, Loveless said.

Firefighters from Longmeadow, Maugansville andWashington County also responded to the scene.

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