Fire destroys bridge on main train line between Denver, Kansas City

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Fire crews examine a smoldering fire that rendered a bridge on a main train line near Byers a total loss.

Fire crews examine a smoldering fire that rendered a bridge on a main train line near Byers a total loss.

BYERS, Colo. — While it didn’t threaten any lives and was quickly contained, a fire that broke out on a bridge along the main train line between Denver and Kansas rendered the structure a total loss Wednesday morning.

Union Pacific confirmed that the damage will likely shut down rail traffic in the area for at least two days Wednesday morning.. The train line typically sees eight to 10 trains throughout the day, rail line spokesperson Mark Davis said, and detours will be set up during the closure.

The fire broke out on the bridge, which is located just out County Road 173, just one mile west of Byers early Wednesday morning. No one was hurt in the fire, and it was contained by 4:30 a.m. Firefighters were still working to determine what sparked the blaze as of 8:30 a.m.

The fire could still be seen smoldering when SkyFOX circled over it around 7 a.m.

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