CN tressle bridge goes up in flames near Mayerthorpe

Photo by Russell Claybrook, courtesy of the CBC.

MAYERTHORPE, A.B. — Firefighters are battling flames at the Canadian National Railway bridge on the outskirts of Mayerthorpe.

The fire prompted an emergency alert after 2:30 p.m. The alert stated the fire started at about 1:30 p.m.

According to the Canadian Press, about 264 students at the nearby high school and residents of 38 mobile homes at the Kreek’s Krossing trailer park were evacuated and sent to Mayerthorpe’s community centre.

Superintendent of Northern Gateway Public Schools Kevin Andrea says there is a concern the smoke from creosote in the wood could cause health problems. He says the high school students, along with children from the town’s elementary school, were sent home early.

Mayerthorpe’s spokesperson Ashley Olsen says the cause of the fire isn’t known at this time.