Susquehanna River rail bridge fire extinguished with fire boats

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A Susquehanna Hose Co. fire boat sprays water on a rail bridge spanning the Susquehanna River on Friday, Aug. 9.
Susquehanna Hose Co., via Facebook
BALTIMORE — Rail service has reportedly returned to normal after fire crews battled and extinguished a bridge fire over the Susquehanna River on Friday.

The Susquehanna Hose Co. of Havre de Grace, Md., posted images on its Facebook page Aug. 9, showing a fire boat spraying water on a railroad bridge spanning the river. The fire department's social media post claimed that the bridge is owned by CSX Transportation.

In a statement, a CSX representative wrote, in part: "We worked in close coordination with the first responders and held train traffic out of the area to allow for a safe response. The fire has been extinguished and rail operations resumed."

The Baltimore Sun reports that the fire was reported about 3 p.m. Friday but that firefighters quickly put it out. The newspaper cites a CSX statement saying that the bridge is back in service.

More information is available online. 

UPDATE: Statement from CSX Transportation. Aug. 12, 2019, 3:31 p.m. Central time.
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