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Rail car fire sends smoke over East Albany

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By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  Thick black smoke rose over east Albany Tuesday morning when a railroad box car caught fire.

Albany firefighters got the call at 10:22 AM for the fire just behind Carl Gregory along Oglethorpe Boulevard on railroad property. Crews were dismantling the car for scrap.

During the cutting process, fiberglass that lined the inside of the boxcar ignited. The fire quickly got out of the control because of the heat.

"Any time it gets hot like this the products that are involved in combustion, they become, once they get close to the ignition temperature by the heat then they're going to ignite quicker," said Battalion Chief Marty Leverett, Albany Fire Department.

Crews were concerned by a nearby Liquid Oxygen tank. Firefighters used foam from two trucks to extinguish the flames.

No one was injured in the fire.


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