SELMA, Ala. (AP) — UPDATE: A huge fire that consumed thousands of railroad ties in rural western Alabama is still burning nearly two days after it started.
A fire official says a storm that dumped rain on the blaze Monday evening helped keep it contained to the property of National Salvage and Services Corp. east of Selma. But he says it could take as long as a week for the fire to burn itself out completely.
An apparent lighting strike started the fire Sunday evening.
No one was hurt and no evacuations were required, but officials said the heavy smoke from wood treated with chemicals could cause breathing problems for some.
ORIGINAL: A fire that grew so large it showed up on weather radar engulfed a pile of thousands of railroad ties at a recycling plant in rural west Alabama.
Fire officials say the blaze at National Salvage and Services Corp. east of Selma started Sunday evening and was still going Monday.
No one was hurt, but the company says it’s still not sure how much was lost. Valley Grand Volunteer Fire Chief Billy Barrett says lightning apparently started the fire.
He says fire crews eventually had to get away because it got so big and hot. Barrett says the fire could burn for days.