ARAPAHOE COUNTY - Union Pacific trains carrying freight and coal to and from Denver and Kansas City are going to have to find an alternate route this morning. A railroad bridge on the line is closed for inspection after an early morning fire.
The fire is out, but the west end of the wooden and steel bridge was still smoking an hour later.
Inspectors from Union Pacific Railroad Company will examine the bridge, made of wood and steel, when the sun comes up to determine if repairs are necessary and when the bridge might re-open, according to Mark Davis, Union Pacific Corporate Relations and Media Director.
There are two trains that are stopped on the tracks. Davis did not have information about the exact location of either train.
Depending on what the inspectors decide, the two stopped trains will continue on their way, go back to where they came from or just sit and wait for repairs to be completed.
Davis said eight trains travel the line on a daily basis.
"If the bridge will be closed for some time we'll detour traffic to and from Denver and Kansas City," he said.
The Arapahoe County Sherriff's Office alerted the Byers and Strasburg Fire Protection Districts about the fire at 2:25 a.m.
The fire damaged the west end of the West Bijou Creek Bridge which is east of County Road 173, and west of the town of Byers.
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