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Crews Investigating Railroad Bridge Blaze

Last updated on Monday, November 15, 2010

(BEDFORD, IN) - While railroad officials assess the damage caused by fire at the White River railroad trestle, fire crews are now investigating how the blaze started.

Bob Brown, chief of Sawswick Township Volunteer Fire Department says the fire started in a logjam and worked its way up the trestle's railroad ties.

He states "the fire was set; we don't know how or why."

The recent drought most likely contributed to the situation along with the fact that the logs hadn't been underwater a long time.

The White River Port Authority has been looking for a way to keep the rails in place as an asset in possible future economic development efforts.

Efforts for the purchase of the Mitchell-to-Bedford line from CSX have been stalled at this time after the port authority's application for a federal grant was turned down this summer.

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