The Arizona & California Railroad’s bridge over the Colorado River caught fire late Saturday evening, Sept. 14. The bridge caught fire sometime around 10:45 p.m. The fire burned the southern end of the bridge (the Arizona side) near the entrance to BlueWater Lagoon. The bridge deck and pilings were both burned, and vegetation along the banks of the Colorado River was burned as well.
As of noon, Sunday, Sept. 15, small flames could still be seen and the bridge was smoldering. Fire crews remained on the scene.
No injuries were reported. Genesee & Wyoming Railroad Services spokesperson Michael Williams told the Pioneer in an e-mail that the fire was still burning in hot spots as of Sunday afternoon, and railroad ties were being removed to keep the fire from spreading. Genesee & Wyoming is the parent company of the A & C.