- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 21, 2014

GILLHAM, Ark. (AP) - Fire investigators say spontaneous combustion may be the cause of a railcar fire in southwestern Arkansas.

De Queen and Gillham fire departments responded Sunday to a fire on a Kansas City Southern Railway train. The railcar was moved to a siding, where it flared up on Tuesday, forcing firefighters to return to the scene.

De Queen Fire Chief Dennis Pruitt told the Texarkana Gazette (https://is.gd/YpOkKY ) the car was loaded with outdated food and the fire seems to have started spontaneously.

The chief says firefighters saw a lot of bread, doughnuts and potato chips amid the flames and water. It took 6,000 gallons of water and foam to put out the blaze.


Information from: Texarkana Gazette, https://www.texarkanagazette.com

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