December 19, 2014
Firefighters continued dousing flames early Friday that destroyed a 300-foot stretch of an elevated railroad trestle and at one point sent a dramatic wall of thick, black smoke thousands of feet into the air.
The blaze, which began around 5:40 p.m. Thursday, disrupted rail traffic through the state capital as it consumed the section of trestle,
which keeps trains elevated above local roads and a wetlands area
just north of the American River.
Amtrak spokesman Cliff Cole said about 130 passengers were
stranded on a train in Roseville, a suburb northeast of the
capital, for nearly five hours. Buses were brought in to bring the
passengers to Sacramento. Cole said Amtrak will continue using
buses along the route on Friday, and may have to suspend rail
service on the damaged portion of track indefinitely.
Firefighters had extinguished about 75 percent of the blaze by
midnight and expected the flames to go out by Friday morning.
One firefighter was treated for a minor head injury. No other injuries were reported. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.