Train catches fire in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park

BRECKSVILLE, Ohio - A train fire in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park kept three local fire departments busy late Wednesday into Thursday morning.

According to Brecksville Fire Chief Ed Egut, they were first alerted to train cars on fire around 11:45 p.m. Wednesday near Riverview Road.

Egut said that once they arrived they could see fire in the woods off of Riverview Road and firefighters immediately began dragging hoses about 300 feet through the woods towards the train cars. Egut said one train car was fully involved in fire and a second one was beginning to catch fire.

Firefighters were able to stop the fire from spreading to the second car and had all the fire out around 1 a.m.

National Park Rangers told NewsChannel5 that people sometimes hang out in the area but they were not sure how the fire started.

Egut said the fire is suspicious but stopped short of calling it arson.

It was not known what the train cars were being used for or what was in them.

There are no fire hydrants in the area so firefighters had to place mobile pools in the roadway and tank water to the scene.

Brecksville was assisted by Richfield and Valley View fire departments for water tankers.

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