Amtrak Track Train Catches Fire In Wilmington

Just after 5:30 pm this evening Wilmington Firefighters on the A platoon were alerted to a train on fire in the station at the Amtrak station, located at 200 East Front Street.

Amtrak Police were on scene reporting a fire under a train stopped in the station. Fire department units arrived to smoke and fire coming from under two of the train’s cars. Crews stretched a “portable standpipe” consisting of three inch fire hose line up to the platform to supply the water to extinguish the fire.

The fire was quickly extinguished and all passenger cars were checked for any smoke or carbon monoxide. Passengers were sheltered in the station and in train cars not involved. The incident commander, Battalion Chief Richard Danner, placed the scene under control at 6:11 PM.

The incident was turned over to Amtrak Police and staff. The train involved was the “Silver Meteor” 97 traveling from New York City to Miami. There are no reports of civilian or firefighter injuries.

Approximately 22 fire and EMS personnel responded to the incident. The following units responded: Skyboom 2, Engine 1, Squad 4, Squrt 3, Ladder 2, Battalion-1, Battalion-2, Deputy 4, St. Francis EMS, and New Castle County Paramedics.