Paul Januszewski, Fire Chief
North Haven, CT 06473
For Immediate Release
Saturday, July 23, 2016
Contact: Jessica Sacco
Email: [email protected]
North Haven Fire Department Extinguishes Blaze at CSX Yard
NORTH HAVEN – Chief Paul Januszewski reports that the North Haven Fire Department quelled a one-alarm overnight fire at the CSX Cedar Hill Yard.
On July 23, at approximately 3 a.m., firefighters received a report of a fire at the rear of 110 Universal Drive, in a rail car at the CSX Cedar Hill Yard.
Engine 1, Truck 1 and Engine 2 responded and found a hopper car containing construction debris involved in the fire. About 1/3 of the freight car was engulfed in flames. Adjacent hopper cars containing similar materials were at risk of exposure, but firefighters were able to contain the fire. Engine 8, Engine 6 and Rescue 1 later responded to the scene for additional assistance.
“Fortunately, no rail cars carrying hazardous materials were nearby and the hopper car was a safe distance from any structures,” Chief Januszewski said. “Thanks to the hard work of firefighters on scene, we were able to control and put out this fire quickly.”
Firefighters cleared the scene at approximately 4:30 a.m. No one was injured.
The Cedar Hill Yard was once one of the largest rail freight yards in the country. Today, it remains active, with a portion of the rail cars used to transport hazardous materials.