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Crews demolish rail bridge over Jordan River after stubborn fire

Posted at 11:39 AM, Jan 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-11 13:39:54-05

SALT LAKE CITY — A rail bridge over the Jordan River in Salt Lake City is set for demolition after firefighters struggled to extinguish a fire on the bridge last week.

The fire started late Thursday night near 1100 W 200 S.

A Salt Lake City Fire Department spokesman explained the fire was especially difficult to extinguish because the bridge was treated with waterproofing material.

"So, there's a tin plate that ran the entire bridge and covered that lumber there, and so all of our attempts to try and put water on the fire were thwarted by that tin because it just ran off that tin down into the Jordan River and we weren't able to get the water on the fire like we normally do," said Capt. Dave Chugg, Salt Lake City Fire Department.

Fire crews eventually extinguished the fire by applying water from below. Crews also set up booms to catch debris and minimize pollution as they worked to bring the fire under control.