Crews respond to locomotive fire in Missoula


MISSOULA, Mont. - Missoula crews responded on Sunday to a locomotive fire reported on the train tracks east of the Scott Street Bridge.

At least three fire engines and a Hazmat team were called to the scene around 1:15 p.m. Sunday afternoon.

When our reporters arrived, flames were still visible from the top of the locomotive as firefighters doused the blaze.

A witness who lives in the area told us a fire marshal was also called to the scene to assess the danger of a fueling station located nearby.

"Oh is that scary," said Joanne Hanners. "It could take this whole block with the fueling station here. I just want to make sure everything's okay, because I live just right around the corner."

We're still gathering information on the fire, check back for more information.


According to Chief Steve Paske with the Missoula Fire Department, the dynamic breaking module in the lead engine of the train got overheated and caused the fire.

It was in a sealed unit where the heat and fire were contained. The fire caused the lead engine of the train to shut down.

There were no threats to the rest of the train.

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