SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CA – According to the San Jose Fire Department, a drawbar crossing Willow Creek in San Jose was damaged and decommissioned after it caught fire early that morning. The call for the fire came at 3:15 a.m. on Wednesday and the structure had gone up in flames when firefighters arrived, San Jose Fire Capt said. Daniel Vega.
According to Vega, firefighters believe the fire started under the trestle in a homeless camp, but investigators don’t know whether it was deliberately set or not. He said it appears no accelerators were used in the flame, which was brought under control at 4:42 a.m.
No one was injured in the fire and no suspects were in custody on Wednesday afternoon, Vega said.
Caltrain, Union Pacific, and Amtrak trains run on the tracks and run on a single lane on a concrete jack that also crosses the creek while the wooden jack is out of order.
Trains passing through the area had been single-lane through the area since June for the Los Gatos Creek Bridge Replacement Project, which Caltrain spokesman Dan Lieberman said should be completed next week.
“We were single-tracking north after the Willow Street Bridge, but it shouldn’t cause further disruption before that happened,” Lieberman said.
He said it would take time to assess the damage to the bridge.
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Fire damage to wood San Jose draw frame
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