Crews Respond to Train Equipment Fire in Junction City

By: WSAW Staff Email
By: WSAW Staff Email

The Portage County Sheriff's Department says a fire that broke out on a piece of train equipment has safely been extinguished.

It all happened around 8:00 AM Saturday morning at Main Street and Morgan Avenue in Junction City.

A piece of equipment that had been working on repairing the tracks started on fire. A vehicle that had been following behind it in order to put out small fires as a result of working on the metal tracks couldn't put the fire out and called the fire department.

The Rudolph Fire Department along with the DNR, Portage County Sheriff's Department and safety and hazmat teams from the Canadian National Train Company responded. Residents on Morgan Avenue were asked to evacuate their homes just as a precaution while crews put out the fire. They were allowed back in their homes a very short time later.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but a Sergeant for the Portage County Sheriff's Department tells NewsChannel 7 crews did find a diesel fuel leak on the piece equipment.

No one was hurt during the fire. The train company is still investigating what happened.

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