Firefighters battle trash fire under railroad bridge

- Firefighters battled a trash fire under a railroad bridge in Atlanta early Thursday morning.

The blaze broke out around 7 a.m. near Cheshire Bridge Road between Cheshire Bridge Road and Lenox Road N.E.

"The flames were just really shooting off of that bridge first thing this morning," said Paul Gillis who lives just next to the tracks.  

Watch video of the fire here

Gillis and others in the area believe a homeless person may have started the fire.

"I know a lot of the homeless camp over there and you know, they'll make fires and sometimes they probably get out of control," he said.

Firefighters were able to contain the fire about 40 minutes after it started.  So far, they have not determined what sparked the flames.

CSX reopened the tracks to trains a short time later.

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"CSX bridge inspectors and engineering experts fully inspected the bridge," said Laura Phelps, media relations manager for CSX.  "They found no structural damage and we  released the line for normal train operations."

Phelps thanked Atlanta firefighters for their quick response.

"We really appreciate their swift response because that prevented the fire from spreading," she said.

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