75-acre Lancaster Co. brush fire caused by spark - abc27 WHTM

75-acre Lancaster Co. brush fire caused by spark

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A spark from a train ignited a 75-acre brush and woods fire in Lancaster county Wednesday afternoon, according to Firefighters.

Firefighters say Norfolk Southern employees spotted the blaze on River Road, near Street Road around 3:30 p.m.

Officials believe the fire erupted while a Norfolk Southern Train was grinding," a technique used to smooth out the rails. Firefighters say a spark likely carried into the wooded area.

"They grind the top of the rails and it left some sparks," said firefighter Don Snyder. "They didn't see it when they left, but when they came back through, the entire side of the hill was on fire."

Crews had to pump water over the hill from the Susquehanna River.

Lancaster County dispatchers said the winds made it more difficult to fight the fire.

Central Pennsylvania has been under a red flag warning for the potential of fast-growing wildfires since 10 a.m. The warning expired at 8 p.m. 





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