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Mulitiple Fires Start on Tapteal Drive

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RICHLAND, Wash-- Multiple fires broke out near train tracks on Tapteal Dr. near Columbia Center Blvd. in Richland this afternoon. 

No houses or commercial buildings were threatened. Nearby home owners waited in their backyards armed with garden hoses. 

Firefighters think the fires started from sparks coming from a train passing through. A train conductor reported the fires and stopped the train shortly after.

"We did call wild land strike team to give us a hand just because of the debris we want to get knocked down as quickly as we can incase there's another fire," said Capt. John Boardman, Richland Fire Department.

About eight acres burned along the tracks. Firefighters say it is common for a train to start a fire from metal rubbing on metal. With the dry weather conditions,  it only takes a few sparks to start a fire.