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Harford crews fight fire on CSX bridge over Susquehanna River

Harford crews fight fire on CSX bridge over Susquehanna River
Crews from the Susquehanna Hose Company are shown fighting a fire on the CSX Railroad tracks crossing the Susquehanna River between Havre de Grace and Perryville. (Courtsey Susquehanna Hose Co.)

Railway operations were shut down for a few hours on the CSX railroad bridge, which spans the Susquehanna River between Harford and Cecil counties, after a fire on the bridge was reported Friday afternoon.

Crews from the Susquehanna Hose Company responded to the fire after it was reported around 3 p.m. Friday. Several reports of smoke coming from two areas of the bridge came in, according to Deputy Chief Steve Allers of the Hose Company.

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Freight rail traffic was stopped as firefighters extinguished the blaze, Allers said.

A “mini-pumper” truck was used to initially put water on the fire as the company’s fire boat was maneuvered into position, Allers said.

“The boat flowed the majority of the water,” Allers said.

No injuries were reported, and operations were turned back over to CSX once the fire was out and a train company inspector surveyed the structure, according to Allers.

CSX released the following statement to The Aegis regarding the fire: “Just after 3:00 p.m. today, CSX was notified by Harford County of a fire on our rail bridge over the Susquehanna River. We appreciate the swift response of the Susquehanna Hose Company. Safety is our top priority at CSX. 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.”

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