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Train Sparks Fire Along Railroad Tracks [VIDEO]

Firefighters battle dry heat, 25-foot flames in Bedford and Merrimack.

Sparks caused by friction from a train moving northbound through Bedford and Merrimack today caused several brush fires along the railroad tracks running parallel to Route 3 and the Merrimack River.

At one point, Bedford Deputy Fire Chief Mark Klose said firefighters were battling flames as high as 25-feet high.

Klose said the Bedford blaze, which was located off Iron Horse Drive, behind the , was the equivalent of a three alarm fire and brought firefighters from nearby towns including Amherst, Londonderry, Manchester, Merrimack and New Boston.

As of 4 p.m., Klose said the flames were contained but said he expected firefighters to continue working through the early evening, seeking out hot spots to extinguish.

Today, he added, is a Red Flag/Category 5 warning day, meaning all wooded and grassy areas are in imminent and extreme danger of catching fire from something as simple as an umber or a tossed cigarette.

Klose cautioned all area residents to avoid creating any types of fires on their property until the fire threat level is lowered.

Richard Maloon April 18, 2012 at 06:18 PM
It is not likely the fire was started by "sparks caused by friction". A quick check of the internet would have informed the reporter that most fires are caused by the train engine .

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