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Springwater firefighters battle early evening grass fire

Springwater Township fire crews battled a large grass fire along the railway tracks near Highway 26 and Anne Street North this afternoon
train track fire
Springwater Township firefighters battled a blaze along the train tracks near Anne Street N and Hwy. 26 on Saturday evening. Photo courtesy Springwater Fire and Emergency Services Twitter

​Springwater Township fire crews battled a smoky fire that burned grass and piles of railway ties piled along the railway tracks near Highway 26 and Anne Street North this afternoon.

CP Rail crews and County of Simcoe paramedics were also at the scene for about three hours, along with eight fire trucks. The fire was reported at about 4:30 p.m.

A total of 20 firefighters from three stations were at the scen and they used 7,000 gallons of water and foam to contain the fire. Tanker trucks transported water from hydrants at Hwy. 26 and Bayfield Street North.

"Less than two  acres of grass were burnt, but piles of old railway ties were burnt creating lots of smoke," said Nicole Van Zutphen, branding advocate and communications officer.

."Crews did a great job containing the fire and keeping it out of the forested areas."

Trains were stopped while crews fought the fire, which is now under investigation.

Anyone with information regarding the fire should contact Canadian Pacific Rail Police at 1 800 716 9132  or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477