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RFD responds to fire near railroad tracks

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Crews with the Roswell Fire Department Friday evening douse a pile of railroad ties in the area of North Virginia Avenue and East 10th Street. Todd Wildermuth, RFD public information officer, said personnel were doing “some post fire mopping up” after an early morning fire near a section of railroad track that left a pile of railroad ties and two electric power poles damaged. (Alex Ross Photo)

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Roswell Fire Department personnel spent hours early Friday responding to a fire near a section of a railroad track.

According to Todd Wildermuth, RFD public information officer, fire personnel were dispatched at 3:25 a.m. to the area of North Virginia Avenue and East 10th Street to put out the fire on property owned by Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway.

No one was injured, but Wildermuth said that a pile of railroad ties, kept east of the tracks, were on fire, and two electric power poles belonging to Xcel Energy were damaged.

Wes Reeves, Xcel Energy senior media relations representative, said the two 40-foot poles lost in the fire will be replaced next week at a minimum cost of between $4,000 and $5,000.

He added that the poles served a single meter for the railroad and that the meter is used only some of the time.

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The Roswell Fire Marshal and investigators with BNSF are investigating the cause of the fire, Wildermuth said.

Fire crews were seen at the site spraying the railroad ties later that day. Wildermuth said it took a long time to fully extinguish the flames.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or breakingnews@rdrnews.com.

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