Riverside, CA: Burlington Northern Santa Fe locomotive on fire.

Riverside, CA: Burlington Northern Santa Fe locomotive on fire.

According to the City of Riverside Fire Department, firefighters responded to a report of a locomotive on fire on the tracks near Jefferson Street in Riverside, California.

When the first due Engine Company arrived, they reported a moderate amount of smoke coming from the engine compartment of the 400,000 pound Burlington Northern Santa Fe locomotive.

These pictures from Retired Fire Captain Bob Markin via the City of Riverside Fire Department show the firefighters putting out the fire on the Burlington Northern Santa Fe locomotive.

Firefighters confirmed the railroad tracks were shut down in both directions and pulled multiple hose lines up to the locomotive.

After shutting down all power to the massive vehicle, Riverside firefighters opened up the trains engine compartments to extinguish the fire and keep it from extending into the locomotives 4000 gallon diesel fuel tank.

Riverside Firefighters were able to knock down the fire in about 10 minutes, but remained on scene for another hour to ensure the fuel fed fire did not reignite.

The trains Engineer and Conductor were able to safely exit the locomotive.

A representative from Burlington Northern Santa Fe arrived about 30 minutes into the incident and was able to determine that a failed diesel fuel line had caused the fire.

Burlington Northern Santa Fe was able to reattach the line and anticipated moving the large locomotive and its mile of freight cars within the hour.

There were no firefighter or civilian injuries during the incident.

** Press Release: **

https://www.riversideca.gov/fire/pio/process?action=viewIncident&id=4742

** Pictures from Retired Fire Captain Bob Markin via the City of Riverside Fire Department: **

 

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