Train engine fire ignites grass fires along tracks


By Michael Ullery



A CSX engine that caught fire sits stopped on the tracks behind the UPS distribution center in Piqua on Wednesday evening.

A CSX engine that caught fire sits stopped on the tracks behind the UPS distribution center in Piqua on Wednesday evening.


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A CSX train hauling a reported 13,000 tons of ethyanol sits on the tracks at the north end of Piqua on Wednesday after an engine reportedly caught fire. The engine fire ignited a number of small grass fires for more than a mile before the train came to a stop.


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CSX train engines, the fire extinguished, wait on the tracks at the north end of Piqua on Wednesday.


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A flammable liquids sign, indicating cars carrying ethanol is on the side of the cars of the train.


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Firefighters from Piqua and Fletcher inspect every car for signs of fire after a CSX engine caught fire on a southbound train heading into Piqua on Wednesday.


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PIQUA — A fire aboard an engine of a southbound CSX train ignited a number of small grass fires as the engineers worked to get the locomotive and some 13,000 tons of ethanol stopped on Wednesday evening.

Piqua firefighters were dispatched to the CSX track at the north end of Piqua around 6 p.m., first on the report of a grass fire, then a reported fire in the engine of a CSX locomotive.

Fletcher Fire Department was requested for mutual aide as firefighters dispersed in multiple directions to check on both the engine fire and the grass fires along the tracks.

CSX crews were able to bring the engine fire quickly under control with their fire extinguishers on board which lessened concern about the highly flammable cargo.

Firefighters extinguished the grass fires, one by one, as other crews inspected each rail car for signs of fire.

All fires were out and firefighters cleared the area around 7:45 p.m.

The rail crossing on Co. Rd. 25-A at the north end of Piqua remained closed to traffic until CSX officials determine that they can safely move the damaged engine.

There were no injuries reported in the incident.

A CSX engine that caught fire sits stopped on the tracks behind the UPS distribution center in Piqua on Wednesday evening.
https://www.dailycall.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2018/07/web1_071118mju_fire_csx1.jpgA CSX engine that caught fire sits stopped on the tracks behind the UPS distribution center in Piqua on Wednesday evening. Mike Ullery | Daily Call

A CSX train hauling a reported 13,000 tons of ethyanol sits on the tracks at the north end of Piqua on Wednesday after an engine reportedly caught fire. The engine fire ignited a number of small grass fires for more than a mile before the train came to a stop.
https://www.dailycall.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2018/07/web1_071118mju_fire_csx2.jpgA CSX train hauling a reported 13,000 tons of ethyanol sits on the tracks at the north end of Piqua on Wednesday after an engine reportedly caught fire. The engine fire ignited a number of small grass fires for more than a mile before the train came to a stop. Mike Ullery | Daily Call

CSX train engines, the fire extinguished, wait on the tracks at the north end of Piqua on Wednesday.
https://www.dailycall.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2018/07/web1_071118mju_fire_csx3.jpgCSX train engines, the fire extinguished, wait on the tracks at the north end of Piqua on Wednesday. Mike Ullery | Daily Call

A flammable liquids sign, indicating cars carrying ethanol is on the side of the cars of the train.
https://www.dailycall.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2018/07/web1_071118mju_fire_csx4.jpgA flammable liquids sign, indicating cars carrying ethanol is on the side of the cars of the train. Mike Ullery | Daily Call

Firefighters from Piqua and Fletcher inspect every car for signs of fire after a CSX engine caught fire on a southbound train heading into Piqua on Wednesday.
https://www.dailycall.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2018/07/web1_071118mju_fire_csx5.jpgFirefighters from Piqua and Fletcher inspect every car for signs of fire after a CSX engine caught fire on a southbound train heading into Piqua on Wednesday. Mike Ullery | Daily Call

By Michael Ullery