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Power lines ignited blaze that destroyed $1.25 million fire dept. vehicle

Fort Worth mobile command vehicle fire April 24, 2019

Overhead power lines may have caused a fire that destroyed a Fort Worth fire department command vehicle on the morning of April 24, 2019. No injuries were reported.
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Overhead power lines may have caused a fire that destroyed a Fort Worth fire department command vehicle on the morning of April 24, 2019. No injuries were reported.

A communications mast on a fire command vehicle came in contact with overhead power lines, igniting a fire that destroyed the $1.25 million vehicle as firefighters battled a separate fire from a train derailment, according to findings of a preliminary inquiry by fire investigators.

No injuries were reported in the blaze, which occurred about 2:30 a.m. Wednesday near Yuma Drive and East Berry Street.

Fire investigators believe the fire was an accident, but an internal investigation is underway to determine any and all contributing factors.

Firefighters had been called the scene shortly before 1 a.m. Wednesday on a possible commercial structure fire, but later determined that several railroad tanker cars had derailed and caught fire. The tanker cars contained ethanol.

No residents or firefighters were injured in the incident, but three horses were killed in a barn when fire spread from the derailed train, and the stable was destroyed. The cause of the derailment is under investigation.

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A Fort Worth fire command vehicle caught fire early Wednesday in southeast Fort Worth. Courtesy: Fort Worth Fire Department

Shortly after firefighters arrived, the department’s fire mobile command vehicle was deployed and during the setup, the communication mast made contact with the power lines, fire officials said Thursday in a news release.

Results of the internal investigation of the command vehicle fire could lead to possible revisions to policies, fire officials said.

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Star-Telegram breaking news reporter Domingo Ramirez Jr. has been in journalism for more than 35 years. It’s the job he has loved from day one.


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