Posts Tagged ‘fire’

Man Charged in Connection With Amtrak Depot Fire in Mississippi

June 4, 2021

A Mississippi man has been charged with arson in connection with a fire that damaged the Amtrak station in McComb, Mississippi.

Markez Belmont Smith, 20, of McComb was taken into custody earlier this week.

The fire caused extensive damage to the more than a century old depot, but local officials believe the basic structure can be salvaged.

McComb is served by Amtrak’s City of New Orleans, which operates between Chicago and its namesake city.

The station was built in 1901 by the Illinois Central Railroad.

Fire Damages Mississippi Amtrak Station

June 2, 2021

A former Illinois Central Railroad Station in Mississippi that is still used by Amtrak was damaged by fire this week.

The fire in the station in McComb occurred in the north end of the depot where a local history museum has its offices and archives.

News reports indicated the station, which was built in 1901, was on fire when the southbound City of New Orleans arrived for its station stop.

McComb fire chief Gary McKenzie estimated 90 percent of the museum’s artifacts were located in the building’s south end and could be saved. McKenzie expressed confidence that the depot’s basic structure could be salvaged.

The station had been renovated in 1998 and has housed a museum since 2001.

Beech Grove Fire Appeared to be Intentional

May 8, 2021

Officials have determined that a fire that destroyed two storage sheds at Amtrak’s Beech Grove Heavy Maintenance Facility near Indianapolis appears to have been intentionally set.

James Pierce, operations chief for the Beech Grove Fire Department, said the two buildings that burned and collapsed were not connected.

“We’re very confident that this was an intentionally set fire. Everything points in that direction,”  he said.

The FBI; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; and Amtrak police are among the agencies investigating.

Federal agencies are involved because of the government ownership of the facility. The fire destroyed structures used to store paint and cleaning supplies.

Amtrak Says Fire Won’t Affect Beech Grove Shop Operations

May 4, 2021

Amtrak said on Monday that a fire that destroyed two storage buildings at its Beech Grove shops near Indianapolis will not affect operations of the shop.

The Amtrak spokesman said no rolling stock or locomotives were damaged by the fire.

Firefighters had reported that they were unable to find a working fire hydrant at the shop site and had to run hoses to a nearby street.

However, the Amtrak spokesman said that while the hydrant on Amtrak property that was closest to the fire was dry, other hydrants at the site were operable.

Investigators continue to investigate the cause of the early Sunday morning fire that destroyed two corrugated structures used to store paint and cleaning supplies.

There were no injuries in the fire, which was reported just after 12:30 a.m. and brought under control by 2 a.m.

Fire Destroys Storage Buildings at Beech Grove

May 3, 2021

Two storage buildings at Amtrak’s Beech Grove Heavy Maintenance Facility in suburban Indianapolis were destroyed by fire on Sunday morning.

Firefighters were called just after 12:30 a.m. and had the blazes under control by 2 a.m. No injuries were reported and no cause of the fire has yet been released.

The corrugated buildings were used to store paint and cleaning supplies.

Lack of a working fire hydrant on the Amtrak property hindered firefighting efforts, forcing firefighters to run hoses from nearby Emerson Avenue and use tanker trucks for water supply.

Video of the scene shows P40 No. 822 in its Phase III livery parked outside the buildings where the fire occurred.

Fire Prompts Train Evacuation in Michigan

January 23, 2021

A fire aboard Amtrak’s westbound Blue Water on Friday resulted in the evacuation of 49 passengers and crew members.

The first in the train’s Charger locomotive was reported as the train was passing through Decatur Township in Michigan.  The fire was reported to be small in nature.

The passengers were removed from the train because the head end power had to be switched off and that left the train without any heat.

Amtrak terminated the train at Niles, Michigan, and provided alternative transportation for the displaced passengers to Chicago.

Fire Forces Evacuation of Wolverine Train

March 2, 2017

An electrical fire forced the evacuation of Wolverine Service No. 352 last Monday in Jackson, Michigan.

Amtrak logoFirefighters arrived at the station about 6 p.m. after a small fire began beneath a passenger car.

The cause of the small fire was determined to have been mechanical failure in its batteries.

The firefighters extinguished the blaze and removed the smoldering batteries from their  compartment.

No injuries were reported. The train, en route from Chicago to Pontiac, Michigan, had 153 passengers and crew members onboard.

Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari said the train was delayed by 39 minutes before it continued eastward.

Magliari said the car in question will be repaired.