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Cause of southwest Arkansas railcar fire investigated

By The Associated Press

This article was published May 21, 2014 at 8:03 a.m.

GILLHAM — Fire investigators say spontaneous combustion may be the cause of a railcar fire in southwest Arkansas.

De Queen and Gillham fire departments responded Sunday to a fire on a Kansas City Southern Railway train. The railcar was moved to a siding, where it flared up Tuesday, forcing firefighters to return to the scene.

De Queen Fire Chief Dennis Pruitt told the Texarkana Gazette that the car was loaded with outdated food and the fire seems to have started spontaneously.

The chief says firefighters saw a lot of bread, doughnuts and potato chips amid the flames and water. It took 6,000 gallons of water and foam to put out the blaze.

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GCW says... May 21, 2014 at 1:46 p.m.

Junk food bad.

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