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Emergency crews battle an extensive fire on the CSX bridge in Sandy Hook, MD

Emergency crews battle an extensive fire on the CSX bridge in Sandy Hook, MD

Emergency crews battle an extensive fire on the CSX bridge in Sandy Hook, MD

HAGERSTOWN, MD – The Washington County Division of Emergency Services responded to a call at 3:38 pm on Monday, June 24, reporting a fire on the CSX railroad bridge over the Potomac River in Sandy Hook, MD.

First responders arrived on scene at 3:47 p.m. and reported a large fire on the bridge that appeared to be spreading rapidly. Units immediately requested additional units and personnel from Washington County, as well as support from Jefferson County. Washington County also requested two boats as a safety precaution as bridge crews worked on a structure elevated above the Potomac River.

Due to high temperatures and extensive fire damage, additional units were called in from Washington County, Jefferson County and Frederick County, along with water tankers from all three counties due to limited access to the water supply.

The Washington County Office of Emergency Management was also on scene and assisted with notifications and additional resources. The Washington County Air/Rehab Unit and mobile ambulance bus were requested along with two ALS transport units and safety officers.

Units reported the fire under control at 5:30 p.m. They are waiting for CSX to arrive to assess the extent of the damage and determine what repairs are needed.

The Washington County Division of Emergency Services is grateful to all involved units for their support and cooperation. This incident underscores the critical importance of mutual aid collaboration in managing complex emergencies.