Fire damages GF downtown railroad bridge, injures one

Fire damages GF downtown railroad bridge, injures one Click to Enlarge

Officials say a large fire Friday morning caused moderate damage to the downtown Grand Forks railroad bridge.

Authorities say the bridge and its support structures were damaged. The city of Grand Forks says B-N-S-F crews will begin repairing the bridge this weekend, bringing in heavy equipment.

Officials said the fire began shortly before 6 AM, and was under control by about 7:30.

Battalion Chief Rick Aamot described the fire as a "large" one on the westernmost support of the bridge. Aamot said all five Grand Forks fire department units and an aerial ladder responded.

According to a fire department statement, "when personnel arrived on the scene, they encountered heavy smoke and flames surrounding the bridge structure. Several hundred feet of large diameter hose was stretched to reach the flames due to limited access."

Battalion Chief Bruce Weymier says one firefighter suffered a non-life-threatening hand injury, and was treated at Altru and released.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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