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Helped fight fire? Train may have started it

July 27, 2012
Adirondack Daily Enterprise

To the editor:

You printed a letter to the editor titled "Train helped fight fire," in which the writer gives credit to the Adirondack Scenic Railroad for helping the firefighters with what has been dubbed "the Adirondack Railroad Fire." It's called that for a reason. The train started the fire in the first place. While investigators have not "officially" put the blame on the railroad for whatever reason, it's doubtful, based on the evidence, that the fire in that location was caused by any other means. So I find it comical that the train hobbyists can take credit for providing assistance to the firefighters and use that as a basis for keeping the taxpayer-funded money loser. I guess providing some cold drinks to a few firefighters is the least they could do. Had there been no ghost train rumbling through our wilderness in the first place, there would have been no fire. Had the tracks been replaced with an environmentally friendly rail-trail, if there ever is a fire along the track bed, the fire trucks could drive there themselves and bring their own cool beverages.

Barb Ordell

Tallahassee, Fla.,

with roots in Rome, N.Y.



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