Railroad ties catch fire near train tracks in Struthers

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STRUTHERS, Ohio (WKBN) – The intersection of Broad Street and New Castle Road shut down so crews could put out a fire.

About 150 railroad ties caught fire near the former Pittsburgh and Lake Erie Railroad train tracks in Struthers. The call came just before 7 a.m.

“When we got here, we found approximately 150 railroad ties that are burning in different stages of their development,” said Struthers Fire Department engineer Jared Kitt.

First responders had to wait for trains to go by to continue trying to put it out and said the alternative route would have taken them 30 minutes out of their way.

“Down in the P&LE old yard, we have no hydrants anywhere accessible. We can’t run a line down there and the only accessible way to get down there is to go over the old rail bridge, which is a very, very old bridge,” Kitt said.

Their other option was to close off Broad Street and shoot water over the top of the train tracks, where there’s only one hydrant.

They constantly had to let the truck refill with water before continuing to spray.

“We’ve had so far four trains come through today… so we had them put a safety stop on it so there are no trains allowed through this track,” Kitt said.

A worker with the train company was on scene until things reopened.

At around 10:30 a.m., crews said it would take them another four hours to put the flames out. The road was back open around 2:30 p.m. Monday.

The fire remains under investigation.

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