Firefighters douse railroad car containing burning ties

  • Whately firefighters spray water on a railroad car full of burning railroad ties near Christian Lane Friday afternoon.

  • Whately firefighters spray water on a railroad car full of burning railroad ties near Christian Lane Friday afternoon. RECORDER STAFF/SHELBY ASHLINE

  • About 20 firefighters from four departments responded to Christian Lane Friday afternoon following a report of a railroad car filled with railroad ties on fire. RECORDER STAFF/SHELBY ASHLINE

For the Gazette
Published: 8/21/2016 9:40:40 PM

WHATELY — About 20 firefighters from four departments responded to Christian Lane Friday afternoon following a report of a railroad car filled with railroad ties on fire.

According to Whately Fire Chief John Hannum, the call for firefighters went out at 3:05 p.m.

The train had stopped between the Yankee Candle manufacturing plant and Tea Guys Factory Store and Tasting Room on its way north.

Whately, Sunderland, South Deerfield and Hatfield fire departments responded with several engines. South County EMS, the Whately Police Department and Massachusetts State Police also responded.

Hannum said the engine was disconnected from the burning car and the flames were quickly put out. Firefighters continued to add water to the car until 4 p.m. as the smoke settled.

Hannum said the cause of the fire remains unknown, and that the car will be taken to the East Deerfield Rail Yard by Pan Am Railways.

This is at least the second incident of a railroad car filled with ties catching fire locally within the last month.

On July 22, a Pan Am Railways employee alerted authorities to another such fire on one of their trains on Keets Road in Deerfield. Four departments responded and hosed the car down for more than an hour.




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