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Newkirk Fire Department responds to train fire Saturday


Newkirk Firefighters responded to a report of a train on fire traveling north through Newkirk Saturday night.


The Newkirk Fire Department was notified about the burning train at around 9:09 p.m. Deputies were able to get the train stopped north of Home Road. Fortunately, the train was stopped in a good position where NFD could access from Home Road and back the fire engine in there and stage the tanker on Highway 77 next to the train.


After performing a walk around the train, the Fire Department discovered the rear locomotive on fire. Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire. Fire crews were on scene for about 90 minutes.


Burlington Santa Fe deemed the train safe and got it back to Arkansas City, Ks.


No one was in the burning locomotive and no one was injured.