Old Lyme, Old Saybrook fire crews put out early morning Amtrak bridge fire

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Old Lyme — Fire crews from Old Lyme and Old Saybrook worked by land and by boat to put out a fire that started on an Amtrak bridge early Tuesday morning.

Old Lyme Second Assistant Fire Chief Dayton Dell said a call came about 4:45 a.m. for a wooden pylon on the bridge that was on fire.

The bridge spans the Connecticut River.

The Old Saybrook department had one fireboat in the water as Old Lyme personnel fought the fire from the bridge.

The fire was extinguished about 7 a.m.

No injuries were reported.

Dell said the departments coordinated with Amtrak to disconnect power from the tracks and stop train traffic in the area.

Amtrak spokesman Craig Schulz said a northbound Northeast Regional train that left Washington, D.C., shortly after 10 p.m. Monday night was delayed 90 minutes as a result of the incident. 

A southbound Acela Express train that left Boston shortly after 5 a.m. also was delayed, for about 18 minutes.

Trains returned to moving on schedule, Schulz said.


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