Passing Train causes Several Small Fires along Railroad Tracks

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Saturday, March 24, 2012 - 12:12pm

MERCEDES - Fire Officials say, Several little fires along the railroad tracks in the Upper Valley, were sparked by a passing train.

The six grassfires happened in Mercedes, between the floodway and the mile two west, over a one mile stretch of land.

Fire officials say the train combined with the dry area ignited the flames.

The Mercedes Fire Department was called out, a little before one P-M and the flames were controlled in under an hour.

Weslaco Fire officials also helped out with the fire,

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