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Train Catches Fire Near Deschutes River Woods

Burlington Northern Santa Fe is investigating the cause of a train fire yesterday morning near Deschutes River Woods. The BNSF train was heading north when its electrical braking system caught fire, according to a Deputy Fire Marshal. Bend Fire crews were able to access the train from Highway 97 and extinguish the fire, located in one of the upper compartments of the locomotive. The power supply for the train’s breaking system is located in this compartment. None of the fuel lines for the engines nearly 4,700 gallons of diesel were involved in the fire. Officials say the fire was stopped before it was able to spread any further in the train or to adjacent vegetation or homes. 

No hazardous materials, freight or neighboring homes were threatened. One southbound lane of Highway 97 near the High Desert Museum was closed for some time as crews remained on the scene.  No one was injured.

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