Multiple Fires Burn Chickens, School Bus, Bridge, and Plastics Plant

ATLANTA—Around 20 tons of chicken were roasted on a highway near Atlanta when a tractor-trailer caught fire.

The Georgia Department of Transportation announced on Twitter that all southbound lanes on Interstate 285 in Cobb County reopened just before 7 a.m. on Feb. 26, around three hours after the fire started.

The truck’s driver, Micesh Kamal, told WSB-TV that the chickens were bound for California from Georgia.

He pulled over when he saw smoke and opened the back of the truck to find flames in every direction. Kamal says he was not injured.

Cobb County fire and police blocked most of the interstate as they put out the fire. Authorities didn’t describe the cause or identify the companies involved.

School Bus Bursts into Flame in Coastal Georgia Neighborhood

SAVANNAH, Ga.—Officials say no one was injured when a fire broke out aboard a school bus on a residential street in coastal Georgia.

News outlets report the bus caught fire at about 7 a.m. on Feb. 26 in a Savannah subdivision. Flames engulfing the front of the bus were extinguished by firefighters who began arriving within minutes.

Savannah-Chatham County schools spokeswoman Sheila Blanco said there were no children riding the bus and the driver was able to evacuate safely.

It was not immediately known what caused the fire. Authorities said they are investigating.

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Bridge Fire Shuts Down Train Traffic Across Columbia River

PORTLAND, Ore.—A railroad trestle trains use to cross the Columbia River from Oregon to Washington state was shut down after a fire erupted.

That meant that all train traffic—including Amtrak and Union Pacific trains—was stopped.

KOIN reports that heavy smoke billowed from a fire on the span on Tuesday morning. Crews in fireboats had the blaze under control and out before noon, about an hour after it was spotted.

BNSF Railway, which owns the bridge, said the span is used to cross the Columbia River. The next closest bridge is in Wishram, Washington.

Blaze Extinguished at Suburban Detroit Plastics Plant

AUBURN HILLS, Mich.—Firefighters have extinguished a blaze at a suburban Detroit plastics plant that sent thick black smoke billowing into the air and was visible from miles away.

No injuries were reported in the fire at U.S. Farathane in Auburn Hills, on Tuesday.

Fire officials say the blaze occurred in a storage area behind the company’s building and consumed plastic containers holding cardboard.

Company President Andrew Greenlee issued a statement saying the cause of the fire is under investigation and the plant is expected to resume production later Tuesday.