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Rail tie fire on CN property quickly doused by Squamish Fire Rescue, says deputy chief

Firefighters accessed the fire through newly installed gates on Bailey Street.
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Squamish Fire Rescue put out a rail ties fire on CN property on April 15.

Did you spot the smoke coming the Dentville area on Thursday night? 

It was a pile of rail ties on fire. 

Squamish Fire Rescue was dispatched to the fire on CN Rail property at 10 p.m. on April 15, Deputy Fire Chief Aaron Foote said. 

Two fire trucks and a command vehicle were on the scene.

Firefighters quickly doused the flames coming from the 12’x30’ pile of rail ties, Foote said. 

No injuries were reported from the fire.

Foote said the newly installed emergency access gate on the gravel section of Bailey Street was opened near the Spit access road by the fire department without issue. The gate was re-locked after the fire.

CN Rail was notified of the incident, according to Foote, but did not have a representative on the scene. 

A CN spokesperson told The Chief that a representative was sent to the fire site, but arrived after Squamish Fire Rescue had left.

The cause of the blaze is not under investigation by Squamish Fire Rescue as the property is under federal jurisdiction.