Big Four Bridge as seen from the Louisville Wharf
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP/WHAS11) — The fire burning on the abandoned Big Four railroad bridge is now out after burning for hours Wednesday.
Louisville fire officials and Waterfront Development Corp. officials say they don’t know the extent of the fire, which broke out shortly after noon.
The Coast Guard shut down river traffic for about a mile around the bridge because debris was falling off the aging bridge and it’s keeping watercraft away.
The railroad bridge is being turned into a pedestrian walkway connecting Louisville and southern Indiana. The span was completed in 1895 and abandoned in 1969.
Louisville firefighters climbed an 80-foot aerial ladder at the southern end of the bridge to fight the fire, and some Jeffersonville firefighters got on the bridge to assist.
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