ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - A brush fire temporarily closed down a large section of Tramway Boulevard due and damaged a large portion of a pedestrian bridge over the road.
Albuquerque Fire says the flames sparked just after 7 p.m. Saturday night starting on a small patch of brush on the Westside of Tramway Boulevard near Candelaria Road NE. Winds help fan the fire south towards a wooden pedestrian bridge.
Within minutes, fire crept up a wooden ramp leading up to the bridge, then underneath the actual bridge crossing the road.
In all, about one eighth of an acre burned. While the fire was put out quickly by more than 30 AFD and Bernalillo County fire crews the fire still caused significant damage.
Crews closed the pedestrian bridge after responding the fire. After crews put it out, a state engineer inspected the structure to determine how much damage was there. Tramway Boulevard remained closed between Candelaria Road and Menaul Boulevard until about 1 a.m. Sunday morning. The pedestrian bridge remains closed.
Neighbors saw the whole thing happen just a few hundred feet away.
"Oh yeah, burned up all the way behind me, you can probably see the bridge. It burned into the center of the bridge, burned all the way down to this side of the bridge, which would be the west, and all the way down the part that comes down, so yeah the bridge was on fire," said Curtin Lombard, a neighbor who has lived next to the bridge for about four years.
Crews spent Saturday evening digging in to pieces of the bridge to make sure that the flames were out. Because the wood holding it together is so thick, crews were concerned about hot spots creeping inside the layers of the beams.
Albuquerque Fire says the cause is still under investigation, but crews said Saturday night it's likely that the fire is human caused.
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