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Fire Briefly Interrupts Rail Traffic in Oceanside

Oceanside CA— This afternoon, February 25, 2021, Oceanside Fire Department units responded to a reported structure fire on S. Coast Hwy. Upon arrival Engine 212 (E212) found an outdoor fire bumping up against the reported address. The fire had spread to the brush and was actively burning an outdoor patio area, including overhead shade structures.

E212 pulled attack lines and began extinguishing the fire. Engine companies from Oceanside, Carlsbad and Camp Pendleton assisted in extinguishing the fire.

The property was surrounded by railroad lines. The Sprinter tracks hit a “Y” and branch north to connect to the Oceanside Station. There was also tracks the branched south. Both the Sprinter and Amtrak/Coaster lines were temporarily shut down as firefighters had to stretch hose lines across the south bound Sprinter tracks.

A North County Transit District representative arrived on scene and was able to confirm the section of track that firefighters were crossing was a “dead” line that was rarely used and would not have any regular train traffic. The fire was extinguished at 15:58, approximately 21 minutes after the first arriving engine. Units remained on scene to mop up the fire for another 30 minutes. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation. No firefighters or civilians were injured.