One arrest in railroad bridge fire

Staff Writer

The Grenada Police Department has arrested one person in connection with the burning of the Grenada Railroad Bridge over the Yalobusha River during the Fourth of July Weekend.

A man Grenada Police Chief Garrett Hartley identified as Chaz Atkins, 20, of Grenada was arrested Monday afternoon. According to Hartley, an arrest warrant was issued for Atkins on felony malicious mischief charges.

Hartley said the arrest was the result of an investigation in which the police department collaborated with the investigators with the Grenada Fire Department, the State Fire Marshal’s Office, the Grenada County Sheriff’s Department and the District Attorney’s Office.

Hartley said other arrests could follow.

Grenada Fire Chief Ronnie Willis said the investigation is still ongoing, but the fire involved driftwood  underneath the bridge.

Willis did not say what ignited the fire.

Officials with Iowa Pacific Railroad said that while the bridge is out, traffic from the south has been shut down.
Ed Ellis, president of Iowa Pacific Holdings, LLC estimates that the bridge will be repaired by the end of the month.


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