- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 8, 2015

PAWTUCKET, R.I. (AP) - Officials say an abandoned Rhode Island bridge near railroad tracks caught fire, delaying service along Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor.

Pawtucket Battalion Chief Steve Tanguay tells The Providence Journal that someone noticed smoke coming from the Pawtucket bridge around 8:20 a.m. Tuesday.

Firefighters could not use water to put out the flames due to high-voltage wires under the bridge. Crews waited 45 minutes for Amtrak to shut down electricity before they could put the fire out.

The fire stalled Amtrak service between Providence and New Haven for a few hours.

Fire officials say Amtrak workers cleared the track of debris after the fire was out around 11:20 a.m. Engineers checked the bridge to make sure it was safe for train service to resume.


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