Fire Closes Tacony-Palmyra Bridge During Evening Rush

The bridge was closed for over an hour after a fire at the base of a support beam

By Lauren DiSanto
|  Friday, Feb 1, 2013  |  Updated 10:09 PM EDT
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Pat Reilly, from the Burlington County Bridge Commission talks to NBC10 about what caused the fire underneath the Tacony-Palmyra bridge.

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Pat Reilly, from the Burlington County Bridge Commission talks to NBC10 about what caused the fire underneath the Tacony-Palmyra bridge.

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Traffic is moving again on the Tacony-Palmyra bridge, after fire closed the bridge for about an hour.

Pat Reilly, from the Burlington County Bridge Commission, called the fire a "freak accident," and explained how it started.

"The wooden bulkheads on the pier below one of our towers must have caught on fire from a spark from an elect rial line," said Reilly.

The fire broke out around 4:30 p.m. at the anchorage of the bridge, which is the base of one of the support beams.

A Camden City Fire boat responded to help put out the fire, because several fire companies couldn't get a good angle to spray water.

 


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