Fire Consumes Central Texas Railroad Bridge

SAN SABA (May 20, 2013)—A fire that broke out Sunday afternoon on a railroad trestle across the Lower Colorado River between San Saba and Lometa continued to burn Monday and officials at the scene estimated the bridge could be a $10 million loss.

The fire started a little after 4 p.m. Sunday on the San Saba side of the river and the 300-yard-long bridge was engulfed in flames when the first volunteer firefighters arrived about 20 minutes later.

Firefighters determined it would be too dangerous to battle the flames from the bridge and decided to let the fire burn.

Monday afternoon the fire was still burning and getting close to the Lometa side of the river where crews were staged to make sure the flames don’t spread past the bridge.

Texas Rangers and Texas Department of Transportation personnel were on scene investigating Monday.

The track that crosses the bridge is a spur that runs from Lometa to Brady and is used primarily for transporting agricultural products during the harvest season and oil well sand.

It’s not clear which railroad owns it.

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