Tanks Cars Catch Fire in NS Moorman Yard

Firefighters spent part of Saturday night battling fires in Norfolk Southern’s Moorman Yard in Bellevue after four tank cars caught fire.

The Erie County Sheriff’s Office said that the fire started in a tank car that was leaking ethanol and then spread to three other cars.

The fire burned out after about two hours but firefighters remained on the scene until 1:30 a.m. to douse hot spots. No injuries were reported.

Helping Bellevue firefighters were eight other fire departments. Officials said the fire was triggered by a what appeared to be a mechanical issue, but they did not elaborate.

The fire began about 4:30 p.m. on Saturday in a receiving yard and there were no explosions or evacuations due to the incident. The yard reopened around 10:30 p.m.

Ohio Routes 4 and 99 along with some other nearby roads were temporarily closed.

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