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City of Sacramento Fire Department

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March 15, 2007
For Immediate Release
Incident No. 0713825
Captain Jim Doucette
Phone: 916-216-0316

Date/Time of Occurrence: March 15, 2007 - 5:41 p.m.
Type of Incident: Fire
Location: American River Parkway, Sacramento

Railroad Bridge Destroyed by Fire

Sacramento- A large fast moving fire destroys a railroad bridge in Sacramento. Over 100 Fire Fighters fought this fire, but were not able to stop the fire from destroying the entire bridge.

The fire was reported at 5:41 p.m. and when Fire Fighters arrived, the bridge was totally involved in fire. Fire Fighters had to stretch their hose lines a long distance to access the nearest fire hydrant. The bridge is located in the American River Parkway area where there are no fire hydrants.

Well over 100 Fire Fighters from the Sacramento area responded. Representatives from the California State Department of Fish & Game also responded to monitor the water runoff from the fire. At this time there is no evidence of any toxics getting into the American River. Officials from Union Pacific Railroad are also on scene, assisting the effort.

Sacramento Fire Department Arson Investigators are on scene trying to determine the cause of this fire, which is considered "under investigation" at this time. One Fire Fighter suffered a minor head injury and was transported to a local hospital.

City Council District: District 3: Councilmember Steve Cohn
First in District: 19
First in Company: Engine 19
Battalion: 1
Incident Commander: Battalion Chief Gary Henslee
Cause: Under Investigation
Fire Fighter Fatalities 1
Total Fire Fighters 125 (+-)

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