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Stubborn fire hits coal-loading facility

By:  Star Beacon

ASHTABULA ó More than three dozen firefighters from several departments were needed to douse a stubborn fire that began early Tuesday at the Norfolk Southern coal-loading facility in Ashtabula, according to a press release.

No injuries were reported, according to the statements.

Firefighters were dispatched to the scene at 5:40 a.m. The last of the units left the scene at 12:15 p.m.

Firefighters first on the scene discovered flames in the coal-loading silo, according to the statement.

Equipment and an estimated 40 firefighters from Ashtabula, Saybrook and Plymouth townships, along with some from Conneaut and Geneva, were sent to assist AFD, according to the report. Two aerial trucks and two tanker trucks were used to battle the blaze.

Hydrants donít serve that portion of the property, requiring water to be pumped from the nearby Ashtabula River. A tanker shuttle system also was used to bring water to the scene. At the peak of the firefighting effort, an estimated 3,000 gallons of water were poured onto the flames.

Boat traffic on the river was controlled by the U.S. Coast Guard, firefighters said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, according to the statement.

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