Peanut Line bridge burns in South Glengarry

In this photo from South Glengarry Fire Services Twitter account, the wooden decking of the Peanut Line bridge, east of County Road 23, is a total loss after a fire on Monday, Aug. 5, 2019. (South Glengarry Fire Services/@SouthGlenFire via Newswatch Group)

BRIDGE END, Ont. – A former railway bridge along the Peanut Line in South Glengarry, near the Ontario-Quebec border, will be closed for some time after the decking was destroyed by fire Monday.

South Glengarry firefighters were called to the fire on the Peanut Line trail, east of County Road 23 (Curry Hill Road/4th Line Road), southeast of Concession Road 5. The bridge is about eight kilometers north of Curry Hill.

The bridge was fully involved in fire by the time firefighters arrived around 2:20 p.m. Monday.

“No bystanders were found in the area at the time of response,” the township said in a statement.

As for the metal structure of the bridge, that will be assessed for stability.

The section of trail from County Road 23 to the Quebec border will have a long term closure with plans to be revealed in the future on when it will reopen.

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