BNSF bridge at Grand Forks still out following Friday morning fire

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GRAND FORKS, N.D. — A BNSF Railway line across the Red River between Minnesota and North Dakota at Grand Forks is still out of service after a fire broke out on the bridge carrying the single-track line across the river in the wee hours of Friday morning, Aug. 18. Crews responded to the blaze at 6 a.m. local time and it was under control within an hour, but not before it damaged the bridge’s support beams and melted parts of the track. The fire also briefly closed 3rd Street south of Demers Street in Grand Forks.

No train was crossing the bridge at the time of the fire. The only injury was to a firefighter responding to the blaze, who was treated and released from Altru Hospital for a hand injury. The cause is still under investigation. A BNSF regional spokeswoman reached on Friday afternoon could not provide an estimate for when repairs would be completed. She said freight traffic would be routed on other lines where possible. Other nearby, reachable crossings of the Red River are at Oslo, Minn., (19.2 miles north of Grand Forks) and at Fargo, N.D. (75.3 miles south).

Amtrak’s Chicago-Seattle/Portland Empire Builder is unaffected by the temporary closure as it does not use the portion of the line that crosses the bridge, which is located east of the point where the westbound Builder turns from north to west at the Grand Forks station, which is four miles west of the river.

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