Saturday, April 14, 2012

N.J. brush fire disrupts rail service

 A large brush fire that broke out near some train tracks in northern New Jersey left one firefighter briefly hospitalized and disrupted train service in the area for two hours.

Roughly 40 firefighters battled the blaze in Glen Rock, which was reported just before 1:30 p.m. Saturday. While the cause was not immediately known, the fire wasn't believed to be suspicious.

New Jersey Transit shut down train service between Hawthorne and Ridgewood so firefighters could stretch hoses across the tracks. The fire was extinguished around 3:30 p.m.

The service disruption affected a northbound and a southbound train, which were held in place along the tracks. Passengers on those trains were placed on buses to continue their trip.

The injured firefighter, whose name was not released, was treated for heat exhaustion.


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