Burning Oregon trestle collapses; health warnings issued – KING5.com

5:38 p.m. PDT August 11, 2015

SHERWOOD, Ore. – About two-thirds of a trestle that caught fire late Monday afternoon collapsed overnight in Sherwood, just south of Portland. But crews Tuesday morning surrounded and contained the fire.

Firefighters said it was unlikely the rest of the trestle would collapse on its own. The rest of the structure near Tualatin-Sherwood Road and Langer Parkway was later taken down..

About 16 firefighters remained at the scene Tuesday afternoon.

Officials warned citizens should not go to the scene to observe the firefighting efforts. Nearby residents and businesses were also warned to keep their doors and windows closed. Anyone with respiratory problems from the creosote-infused smoke were advised to seek immediate medical attention.

The fire started about 4:30 p.m. Monday in grass that spread to the trestle, which is about 600 feet long and 50 feet high. The plume from the fire could be seen for miles.

Smoke will likely be seen for several more days, firefighters said.

The fire burned in a wetland area near the 14800 block Southwest Century Drive in Sherwood. Businesses on the east side of the train trestle were evacuated, according to Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue officials.

No other structures were burned.

One firefighter suffered a minor leg injury while battling the fire. He was checked out at a hospital and went home on his own.

The train trestle owned by Portland and Western started to collapse at 6 p.m. and finally went down overnight. The burning wood, which is heavily treated with chemicals, created thick black smoke.

Firefighters were staged at North Star Chemical company to protect the building from flames.

The cause of the fire has not been determined. Firefighters said they did not yet know how many acres were burned.

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