Fire ignites near train tracks in Craig |

Fire ignites near train tracks in Craig

Noelle Leavitt Riley
Craig Fire/Rescue responds to a silo fire around 11 a.m. on Saturday. Welding that was being performed as routine maintenance on the facility heated up rubber in the downspouts to the point where it caught on fire.
Patrick Kelly

A fire broke out Saturday morning at the Goodrich Mud Company facility in Craig along Industrial Avenue.

It took Craig Fire/Rescue firefighters roughly 30 minutes to extinguish the flames, said Battalion Chief Steve Lingo. No one was injured.

The fire started while welders were doing routine maintenance on the downspout that’s connected to three silos where sand is stored.

Nick Avgares, who works for Goodrich Mud Company, said that he and three other employees were welding the downspout when it got too hot and caught fire.

According to Lingo, the burning rubber lining that caught fire was somewhat difficult to access and extinguish but overall the response went well.

The Goodrich Mud Company bought the facility in 2010, and the company unloads roughy 2,500 to 3,000 railcars of sand per year and uses about 16 trucks to move sand from Craig to Vernal, Utah.

The company operates on the stretch of railroad between Barclay and Taylor streets and the Craig rail yard.

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