Railroad Bridge Fire Near Cheshire Bridge Rd. Stalls Traffic | WABE 90.1 FM

Railroad Bridge Fire Near Cheshire Bridge Rd. Stalls Traffic

Apr 13, 2017

Freight trains are running again after a fire broke out under railroad tracks in Atlanta, not far from where a section of the I-85 bridge collapsed.

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Around 7 a.m. Thursday, Atlanta police officers reported a fire near CSX railroad tracks between Cheshire Bridge Road and Lenox Road, causing traffic to back up in the area. 

Atlanta Fire Department Sergeant Cortez Stafford said trash fires are common.

"It was a trash fire that became a grass fire. It was contained within a couple of minutes of our arrival. There was no injuries,” Stafford said. “The train line was shut down for a couple of minutes. But it was not a massive fire as it was indicated earlier that was reported earlier."

CSX officials said debris caught fire under a railroad bridge, which crosses a small stream.

“CSX shut down all train traffic on this line as Atlanta firefighters responded and quickly extinguished the fire,” said Laura Phelps. “CSX greatly appreciates their swift response which prevented the fire from spreading.”

CSX bridge inspectors and engineering experts said found no structural damage during a thorough inspection. Service returned to normal around mid-morning.

Atlanta Police Department Sergeant Warren Pickard said all fires are investigated by arson investigators from the fire department "if warranted."