LFR battles early morning train engine fire

Published: Apr. 2, 2016 at 7:29 AM CDT
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Lincoln fire crews battled a train engine fire near 14th and New Hampshire Streets early Saturday morning. LFR responded to the call just before 4 a.m. at the Burlington Northern yard.

When crews arrived, they found the second of two locomotive engines fully engulfed in flames.

Crews attempted to use a dry chemical agent to stop the blaze, due to the active electric generators on board. However, they had to switch to liquid foam to effectively extinguish the flames.

Rail lines in the area were shut down for safety purposes and will remain closed until the health department determines the area is clear of any spilled fuel.

LFR said fighting a fire of this nature presents its own unique challenges.

"They carry around 4,800 gallons of diesel fuel, which is a flammable liquid," LFR Battalion Chief Jim Bopp said. "They have giant generators on there, so there is an electrical hazard to both the railroad crews and ourselves to be electrocuted. Of course, you're working off the road, so you've got rocks to deal with and tracks to deal with and it's large equipment that's hard to work around."

Crews put out the fire around 4:15 a.m. The cause is still unknown.

Stay with 10/11 News for Updates on this developing story.