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Sherwood train trestle collapses after catching fire

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SHERWOOD, OR (KPTV) -

An 85-year-old train trestle partially collapsed early Tuesday morning after catching fire the day before.

Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue crews responded to Southwest Tualatin Sherwood Road and Langer Farms Parkway around 4:20 p.m. Monday after receiving reports of a grass fire and found the trestle fully involved.

The brush and grass surrounding the trestle was also burning.

PHOTOS: Fire engulfs Sherwood train trestle

Firefighters evacuated nearby businesses as they worked to get the flames under control and keep them from spreading.

Monday evening, firefighters had to pull back, as the trestle appeared to be near collapse. Then, early Tuesday, about two-thirds of the 600-foot-long structure fell to the ground.

A firefighter was injured Tuesday morning while putting out hot spots. Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue said a piece of the trestle fell on his leg. The firefighter was able to walk away from the scene and was transported to an area hospital to be evaluated.

Firefighters remained on scene Tuesday morning to monitor any further collapse and ensure the flames didn't spread.

Firefighters said they expected the trestle to continue burning throughout the day.

Portland and Western Railroad owns the trestle, which had been out of service at the time of the fire.

Sherwood police said officers removed two teenagers from the bridge earlier in the day Monday, but they didn't say if that was connected to the fire.

The fire's cause is under investigation.

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