A huge fire is burning on a train on a bridge over Tempe Town Lake.
The fire was pumping thick black smoke into the air. That smoke plume was visible for miles.
Union Pacific said as many as 10 train cars derailed at about 6:15 a.m. The south side of the bridge then collapsed and caught fire.
A spokesman said its crew was not hurt but one person at the park was treated for smoke inhalation.
Union Pacific spokesman Tim McMahan said two of the three tanker cars on the ground under the bridge contained cyclohexanone. The third contained a rubber material.
“None are reported leaking, and no tank cars were involved in the fire,” he said.
According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, cyclohexanone is a colorless oily liquid that is both flammable and an irritant. It’s mostly used for the production of nylon.
The cars that burned for hours were carrying lumber, some of which fell into the lake.
Video from CBS 5 Investigates producer Gilbert Zermeño showed the fire along the length of the train bridge, a portion of which had collapsed on the Tempe Beach Park side.
A train derailment in Tempe, Arizona, left a huge fire burning on a bridge over Tempe Town Lake. pic.twitter.com/wfeAoScZiN— Reuters (@Reuters) July 29, 2020
The call was escalated to a third alarm, which means more resources from all over the Valley were assigned to it.
It’s not clear what caused the derailment and subsequent bridge collapse and fire, but according to Union Pacific’s website, the bridges are inspected every 30 days.
“A SCENE FROM HELL”
Camille Kimball was riding her bike under the bridge just a moment before it collapsed. She said the noise of the train became deafening, and as she came off the bridge, she saw people with their phone cameras trained behind her.
“I turned around to look and got the fright of my life,” she said. “Now there’s fire pouring into the lake from the middle of the bridge. … It looks like a scene from hell, truly. A scene from hell. … The flames are intense and the sky is filled with black smoke.” She described the experience as “surreal.“
Bruce Haffner described the scene as “unbelievable.” “It’s such a catastrophe,” he said. Haffner also said that helicopters were coming in to help fight the fire from the air and that air traffic controllers were having planes taking off from Sky Harbor International Airport move to the north, away from the huge smoke plume.
“We are directing aircraft north or south of the incident scene to minimize aircraft-noise distraction to fire crews,” an FAA spokesman told Arizona’s Family.
Although planes are being diverted around the incident, things at Sky Harbor are running as usual. “At this time, there are no impacts to our operations,” a spokesman said.
“It looks like a scene from hell, truly. A scene from hell,” a woman who rode her bike under the train bridge merely moments before the collapse and fire told Arizona’s Family.
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