Florence RR bridge catches fire

No interruption in railroad service because of fire

News editor

A bridge on the BNSF Railway just east of Florence caught fire Aug. 22.

Matt Hegwer, a cattle-buyer from Carthage, Mo., was in Florence on business when he saw smoke coming from the bridge and reported the fire around 11 a.m. Florence Fire Department responded and had the fire extinguished by about 12:30 p.m.

Fire Captain Phil Baldwin said there was no indication what caused the fire, although it appeared the fire started on the underside of the bridge where brush had been trapped during floods. The fire was limited to the north half of the bridge, Baldwin said.

The railroad never had a service interruption, said Andy Williams, BNSF public affairs director for Kansas, Colorado, Nebraska, and Missouri.

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