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Massive fire sparked by train derailment in Arizona

David K. Li
Key Points
  • A massive fire erupted near Phoenix on Wednesday morning following a train derailment, authorities said.
  • Tempe firefighters, paramedics and police rushed to a rail bridge over Tempe Town Lake.
  • The accident forced closure of Loop 202, a major thoroughfare of the metropolitan Phoenix area, in both directions near the fire, the Arizona Department of Transportation said.
Smoke billows from a fire at the scene of a derailed train on the heavy rail bridge over Tempe Town Lake, Ariz., on July 29, 2020.
Source: Police chief Sylvia Moir

A massive fire erupted near Phoenix on Wednesday morning following a train derailment, authorities said.

Tempe firefighters, paramedics and police rushed to a rail bridge over Tempe Town Lake.

"This is a coordinated attack with several agencies fighting the fire involving multiple train cars," Tempe police Det. Natalie Barela said in a statement.

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"The cause of the derailment has not been identified. This is a very fluid and active scene."

The accident forced closure of Loop 202, a major thoroughfare of the metropolitan Phoenix area, in both directions near the fire, the Arizona Department of Transportation said.

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