Firefighters try bold step to end California rail fire

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Posted: Aug 24, 2011 12:26 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: Firefighters, rail car, propane, Northern California, Lincoln Fire Department, national response team, Houston, WBRZ

LINCOLN, Calif. - Firefighters fearing the explosion of a blazing rail car filled with propane will try a bold maneuver to end an emergency that has forced the evacuation of thousands of
Northern California residents.

They plan to drain fuel from the burning tanker and flush it into a massive hole in the ground.

Lincoln Fire Department spokesman Dave Witt says fire officials consulted with members of a national response team from Houston, who were flown in overnight to offer advice.

Fire officials initially said the blaze could continue for 21 days, but on Wednesday Witt said that scenario was unacceptable.

Students in the area are missing their first days of school.

Witt says firefighters now hope to have the blaze under control within 24 to 48 hours.

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