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Crews still putting out trestle fire, over a day after it started

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SHERWOOD, OR (KTPV) -

Firefighters were still putting out hot spots Tuesday at the scene of a train trestle fire in Sherwood that started Monday afternoon.

Officials are investigating the cause, but investigators with the Sherwood Police Department do not believe it was set intentionally. They also confirmed that teenagers were seen in the area shortly before the fire broke out.

As an excavator tore down the remainder of the 600-foot-long trestle Tuesday, employees at nearby businesses returned to work, still struggling with relentless smoke in the air.

“Everyone’s throats are really dry," said Savannah Howard of Freight Systems. “Our building wreaks. It smells terrible in there."

Crews from Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue worked throughout the night, digging fire lines and making sure the flames didn’t spread. 

Early Tuesday morning, one firefighter was injured when falling debris landed on his legs, trapping him. Fellow firefighters sent out a “may-day” call over the radio and asked that chainsaws be brought in to help free him.

The firefighter got out safely and was taken to the hospital, but he only suffered minor injuries and went home. Officials said the incident is an example of how dangerous and unpredictable this fire has been.

“As the firefighters are trying to extinguish those hot spots, they’re navigating the terrain and the structure instability," said Chief Cassandra Ulven. “So this has been challenging from the get go.”

Officials said the trestle debris could be smoking for a couple days, sending toxic fumes into the air, and they’re warning people who live nearby to keep their windows closed.

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