Three questioned in bridge fire

Staff Writer

No arrests have been made in the July 4 railroad bridge fire, but law officials say they are close to putting a finger on the cause and parties likely involved.

The fire destroyed a portion of the Grenada Railroad Bridge over the Yalobusha River near Main Street.

Grenada Police Chief Garrett Hartley said agencies including the Mississippi Fire Marshal, the district attorney’s office and police investigators are all conducting interviews to get to the bottom of the fire and its cause.

Hartley said three people, including one teenager, are currently being questioned by law enforcement officials.
“This is a very different situation,” Hartley said. “We have to determine whether this was malicious or accidental.”
About 50 feet of the bridge was destroyed in a fire that occurred over the Fourth of July weekend and put a stop to all rail traffic coming from south of Grenada.

A motorist spotted the fire just off of Main Street Tuesday a little after 1 a.m., July 4. Fire crews were dispatched to the scene around 1:15 east of North Main Street and North of Levee Street.

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