Mitchell firefighters put out suspicious railcar fire Wednesday

Paper rolls inside the train car were ablaze when firefighters arrived

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A firefighter drives a fire truck of the Mitchell Fire Division. The Mitchell Fire Division's northside location is in need of a new HVAC system to maintain the equipment inside. (Republic file photo)

A fire in a railcar on Wednesday morning required the response of the Mitchell Fire Division and the cause of the blaze is believed to be suspicious.

The fire was reported shortly after 10 a.m. at the corner of Railroad and South Kimball Street, where heavy smoke was reported, according to Mitchell Fire Chief Marius Laursen

When fire crews were able to access the railcar, crews found six large rolls of paper inside, with two of them on fire. Firefighters extinguished the fire and removed the rolls of paper from the railcar using BNSF equipment. BNSF is the company that owns and operates the rail line in central Mitchell.

Laursen said the railcar suffered some fire damage from heat and smoke. Six firefighters responded to the fire and did not suffer injuries.

"Investigators on scene state that the origin of the fire was from an external heat source," he said. "The exact cause of the fire is still under investigation but appears to be suspicious at this time."


Laursen said the scene of the fire has been turned over to the Mitchell Police Division for further investigation.

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