Teenagers charged with burning down trestle in Oregon w/Video

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SHERWOOD, Oregon – Three Oregon teenagers have been charged with reckless burning and trespassing a month after police say they set a wooden Portland & Western Railroad trestle on fire. A fourth teenager was also charged with trespassing this week and a 27-year-old man, Joshua Deibert, was charged with trespassing and furnishing alcohol to minors.

Local fire officials tell KATU Television in Portland, Ore., that the Aug. 10 fire most likely started because of "careless smoking." The fire destroyed the trestle and forced the evacuation of nearby homes, however firefighters lucked out when winds kept the blaze away from a nearby chemical plant.
The former Southern Pacific Railroad bridge was located on the P&W's line between Newberg and Portland, although it has been a number of years since trains regularly crossed the trestle. "There was no way of saving the trestle," a fire official told the Oregonian at the time of the fire. "It burned too rapidly."
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