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Train engine catches fire in Broadwater County

BNSF train on fire
Posted at 9:30 PM, Jan 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-29 14:55:50-05

The Broadwater County Sheriff's Office told MTN a train engine caught fire on Tuesday night.

The fire is out -- and no one was injured, after a Montana Rail Link (MRL) train engine went up into flames.

It happened around 8:15 p.m. near Antelope Road in Townsend.

Broadwater County Sheriff Wynn Meehan says the front engine of an oil train caught fire.

Multiple fire crews responded and got the fire out, but people living nearby were evacuated.

Meehan said that's because it was an oil train, and it was dark.

Meehan said MRL crews are now on the scene, and disabled the engine.

They're working to move the engine.

Broadwater County Sheriff Wynn Meehan also wrote on Facebook that the fire has been extinguished and cleanup efforts are underway.

Photo provided by Broadwater County Sheriff Wynn Meehan.

A Facebook post read:
To all my Silos Area residents:
Currently we have Broadwater Rural Fire, Broadwater Ambulance, Broadwater Sheriff’s Office, Broadwater DES and MRL on scene of an train fire.. the fire is extinguished and efforts to mop up in progress..there is no immediate threat to our citizens however we will be in the area for a bit..MRL is working to get the train moved.. we ask for your patience as we get things cleaned up.
Thank you
Sheriff Meehan