Rail car with sulfur catches fire

By The Denver Post

Friday, December 13, 2002

Denver, CO - A railroad car containing liquid sulfur caught fire Thursday in Douglas County, sending a plume of smoke into the air that irritated the eyes and lungs of firefighters. The fire burned throughout the day near the intersection of Colorado 85 and Titan Road.
It started as workers were cutting the car into scrap with torches, said Andy Lyon, a spokesman with the South Metro Fire Protection District.
The work was being done in an industrial area by a company named Big Lift, which contracts with railroads.
No one was injured in the incident, which is under investigation.
Lyons said the fire could not be doused with water and it was still burning late Thursday.
Firefighters and officials with Burlington Northern Railroad planned to bring in heavy equipment and smother the fire with dirt.
The wind was blowing to the northwest Thursday night, away from several nearby residential areas including Chatfield East and Chatfield Acres.