UPDATE: Huntington Fire Department battle ‘suspicious fire’


UPDATE, May 29, 11:30 a.m.: Spokesperson for CSX, Cindy Schild, released a statement regarding a pile of railroad ties that caught fire in Huntington Wednesday. Huntington Fire Chief Jan Rader said Wednesday she believes the fire to be “suspicious.”

“We appreciate the prompt response by the Huntington Fire Department. The cause is under investigation. There was no impact to communities or waterways,” says Schild.

UPDATE, MAY 27, 6:45 p.m.: Huntington Fire Chief Jan Rader said she believes the fire to be suspicious. The West Virginia Fire Marshal and CSX Police are handling the investigation.

Crews received the first report of the rapidly growing blaze at approximately 3:40. The Hunting Fire Department got it under control in about one hour.

Currently, crews are picking apart pile containing 3-5,000 tail ties checking for hotspots. Crews estimate they will be out here several more hours.

HUNTINGTON, WV (WOWK) – Traffic is blocked in East Huntington due to a pile of railroad ties on fire.

The fire is near 8th Avenue, according to crews. The 2300 block of 8th Avenue is currently blocked to traffic.

The Huntington Fire Department is currently on the scene.

This is a developing story, and we will continue to update it on WOWKTV.com, the WOWK 13 News App, and on 13 News on air.

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