Mechanical failure to blame for crane fire at N. Charleston rail yard

Firefighters on scene Tuesday. (Photo:
Firefighters on scene Tuesday. (Photo:

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Investigators say mechanical failure was to blame for a large crane catching on fire at the CSX Rail Yard in North Charleston on Tuesday.

The North Charleston Fire Department says the crane and contents of one container were damaged by the fire.

Authorities say two other containers suffered minor damage by flames, but the contents were unaffected. Witnesses had also reported hearing two large explosions. Fire officials say the exploding sounds were most likely tires rupturing during the course of the fire.

The fire produced a heavy black smoke at the CSX Rail Yard is located off Meeting Street Road.

North Charleston firefighters arrived on scene at 10 a.m. to find the crane engulfed in flames. Three rail cars were also impacted in the fire. Firefighters were able to put out the fire quickly.

Officials say the crane caught fire near a container carrying hazardous materials. The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental control team was notified about the incident.

A large amount of diesel fuel is spilling into a nearby creek. Officials have used foam to try and clog up nearby trains and stop the fuel leak. Fire officials say there was no threat of hazardous material to surrounding communities.

Firefighters from the City of North Charleston, City of Charleston and St Andrews Fire District responded to the call.

No injuries were reported during this incident.

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