JCFD Takes on Railroad Blaze

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JEFFERSON CITY - The Jefferson City Fire Department put out the flames in two smoldering coal hoppers Wednesday morning on the Union Pacific mainline. 

Around 8:30 a.m., firefighters responded to the scene, which was located near the old Missouri State Penitentiary a short distance from the terminus of Chestnut Street.

A Union Pacific railroad official told KOMU 8 News at the scene that fires in the coal hoppers are rare. However, each hopper is capable of carrying more than 100 tons of coal. In the summer months, the coal can compress heat in the bottom of the car and cause the coals to warm up.

No firefighters or railroad workers were injured as a result of the incident.