Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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April 28, 2014

Mercer County firefighters battle six separate fires along NS mainline

ADA — Firefighters from three area volunteer fire departments and the West Virginia Division of Forestry battled six separate fires along the Norfolk Southern Railway mainline between Bluefield and Ingleside Sunday afternoon.

Emergency dispatchers with the Mercer County 911 Center paged the Green Valley-Glenwood Volunteer Fire Department out to a fire on Jugneck Road at 4:53 p.m., but firefighters responding to the initial call began seeing other fires along the way.

“We were responding to the fire on Jugneck when we saw the fire on Country Girl Road,” Chief David Thompson of the Green Valley Glenwood Volunteer Fire Department said. “Some stopped there, and we kept rolling on out to Jugneck and came upon three more fires. In all, we came upon six, train-set fires,” Thompson said, believing that the fires were somehow ignited by a passing train.

Firefighters from the Bluewell and East River volunteer fire departments also responded to the fires. By 6:45 p.m. firefighters were able to report that the big fire on Jugneck Road had been extinguished.

“We still have two more fires we’re trying to put out,” Thompson said shortly before 8 p.m. “They’re under control right now, but we don’t have them totally out yet,” he said.

According to Thompson, there are 20 men working the fires with the men from the state Division of Forestry and the volunteers from three departments.

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