Arson, vandalism ruled out in NM trestle fire
July 22, 2010
CHAMA, N.M. (AP) – Investigators say they have largely ruled out arson or vandalism in the fire that damaged an historic train trestle in northern New Mexico.
Fire investigators say the decades-old Labato Trestle located four miles from Chama is in a remote area. They say there’s no evidence of any vehicle tire tracks found near the trestle after last month’s fire.
Lightning and fireworks also have been ruled out as an ignition source and authorities say the fire may have been started by the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad train.
The fire patrol that follows the train reported six spot fires in the wake of the train’s passage on June 23. But investigators say their probe of the fire remains open and ongoing.
New Mexico and Colorado jointly own the tourist railroad that travels through the two states on a 64-mile line.