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Arson causes $1 million in damages to CP Rail bridge in Genelle

The fire took place at the rail bridge that crosses China Creek
An arson fire severely damaged a Canadian Pacific Rail bridge in Genelle Aug. 4. Photo: KBRFR

An arson fire severely damaged a Canadian Pacific Rail bridge in Genelle.

At approximately 11 p.m. on Aug. 4, RCMP and Kootenay Boundary Fire crews responded to a fire call and found the CP trestle bridge north of Lower China Creek Road fully engulfed.

“It was determined the fire, which was only contained to the CP bridge, was intentionally set,” said RCMP Cpl. James Grady in a statement.

The fire caused extensive damage to the rail system and bridge and the cost of repairs is estimated at $1 million.

Canadian Pacific Rail Police, along with the RCMP, are currently investigating.

Investigators are asking anyone who witnessed anything suspicious during this time, including anyone observed walking or riding a bicycle along the tracks, to call police.

Due to several recent suspected arsons in Castlegar, Grady says police want to remind the public to notify them of anything or anyone suspicious near the highways or rail system.

Meanwhile, firefighters continue to fight the Davidson Creek wildfire within the City of Castlegar’s municipal boudaries.


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Betsy Kline

About the Author: Betsy Kline

After spending several years as a freelance writer for the Castlegar News, Betsy joined the editorial staff as a reporter in March of 2015. In 2020, she moved into the editor's position.
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