BNSF: Fire crews, inspectors examining damage of railroad bridge

BARBER COUNTY, Kan. (KWCH) Sunday, February 23, 2020

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Investigators are still looking into the fire at the railroad bridge near Kiowa.

A spokesperson for BNSF says they will continue to have fire crews and inspectors check out the damage on the bridge. They are looking into if it would be more beneficial to repair the bridge or just replace it all together.

The spokesperson says thanks to the second bridge right next to it, that is newer and made of metal, no production was halted. They hope to conclude what needs to be done by the end of this week.
A massive fire broke out on the BNSF railroad bridge in Barber County Saturday.

The Barber County Sheriff's Office says the fire started just after 4 p.m. near K-2 highway, east of Kiowa.

Fire crews were able to extinguish the fire a little over an hour later. No one was hurt.

The sheriff's office says production is halted, but didn't say for how long.

No word yet on what caused the fire. Investigators say they are still doing overhaul and will continue for several hours.