Train sparks miles-long trail of fires in Jackson area

  • Source: WRDW-TV CBS 12/WAGT-CD NBC/CW+ 26 Augusta
  • Published: 03/16/2023 12:00 AM

VIDEO: A train started a string of fires that stretched two to four miles in the Jackson area late Wednesday afternoon. Starting around 5:15 p.m., crews rushed to the scene to find dozens of fires surrounding the area of Main Street and Old Jackson Highway. They got the railroad to shut down train traffic so they could battle the smoky fire on both sides of the track. Calls went out to at least four fire departments to send brush trucks to help battle the fire. As of 11:17 p.m., crews were still out on the scene, according to the South Carolina Forestry Commission. We spoke with one of the crew members from the Jackson Fire Department. Teamwork is the word that sums up what was seen on the train tracks as the Jackson Fire Department was joined by Beech Island, New Ellenton, Silver Bluff, and other surrounding fire departments to put out the fire and make sure no one was hurt.


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