Crews put out fire on train in Paulden
Incident was highly unusual for CAFMA service territory
Firefighters with the Central Arizona Fire and Medical Authority (CAFMA) were called to handle a highly unusual situation for them early Sunday morning, Sept. 16. A train passing through Paulden reported two train cars on fire.
Crews met the train west of Highway 89 just north of Feather Mountain Road, CAFMA reported. They found an active fire in one of the train engines and were able to put it out using dry chemical extinguisher.
“Because there were electronic components, it’s just better to use dry chemical extinguisher because it coats the fire, smothers it, and water doesn’t react with anything,” said CAFMA Fire Marshall Rick Chase.
The incident was handled with two engines and a battalion chief.
There were no injuries reported and crews remained on scene until railway representatives arrived, CAFMA reported. When they left, the railway company was making arrangements to bring an additional engine to the scene to get the train moved.
None of CAFMA’s fire investigators were assigned to follow up on the matter, Chase said.
“Since it was in the engine compartment, it was pretty cut and dried, so there wasn’t an investigation necessary on that one,” he said.
Chase, who’s been working for local fire agencies the last 21 years, said train fires are practically unheard of in this area.
“In my career, I don’t know if we’ve had another train fire that I can think of,” he said. “They’ve got some tracks out by the Drake cement plant that pass through Paulden, but that’s the only area where the train actually passes through.”
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