A series of very small grass fires along the railroad tracks in Gaffney on Thursday and Friday kept dispatchers and Gaffney firefighters on their toes.
As of Friday morning, Gaffney Fire Chief Jamie Caggiano said there had been 11 separate calls for brush or grass fires, although no major problems were reported and the calls were actually expected.
The very minor fires apparently were being sparked by a strange-looking locomotive hauling specialized railroad cars that are used to resurface railroad tracks. The rail grinding work was being conducted throughout Gaffney on Thursday and Friday.
“They (the track resurfacing workers) handle 99 percent of it,” Caggiano said. “They have water trucks drive up and down the tracks.”
The locomotive also has its own fire suppression hoses at the front and back of the train.