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CAPTION ONLY: FIREFIGHTERS BATTLE BOXCAR BLAZE

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A firefighter shoots water at a stubborn, smoky blaze in a railroad boxcar at the Union Pacific rail yard, 600 North and 500 West. The fire, which was discovered inside the parked boxcar late Saturday night, destroyed hundreds of sheets of particle board and kept more than two dozen firefighters occupied half the weekend. Firefighters and railroad employees worked through most of Sunday removing the burning boards from the boxcar. Each smoldering sheet had to be peeled away from a stack and soaked with water. Salt Lake Fire Capt. Brigham Darger said because the blaze proved difficult to douse, fire crews were rotated every two to three hours. The boxcar had apparently been parked at the rail yard for two days, Darger said. Although the cause of the fire is under investigation, similar fires have been traced to friction between resin-soaked, tightly packed boards while in transit, he said. No damage estimates were immediately available. No one was injured.