Firefighters douse rail tie blaze near Carcross

Police are investigating after a pile of old rail ties belonging to the White Pass and Yukon Route caught fire Wednesday night. 

Police are investigating after a pile of old rail ties belonging to the White Pass and Yukon Route caught fire Wednesday night.

Police were called to the burning pile, less than a kilometre north of Carcross, just before 8 p.m. Volunteer firefighters from Carcross and Tagish fought the flames overnight and the fire was extinguished early the next morning.

The pile was mostly used, untreated timber ties. There were only a handful of treated ties which posed no significant source of air pollution, the company said.

There was no significant damage and no one was hurt.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Tyler Rose, White Pass’s executive director of human resources and strategic planning, said the fire will not impact any of the railway’s trips to or from Carcross. Those aren’t scheduled to start until the end of the month.

Rose said the pile of ties was out in the open, not stored behind any sort of fence.

Anyone with information about the fire is being asked to contact the Carcross RCMP at (867)821-5555.

Contact Ashley Joannou at

ashleyj@yukon-news.com

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