Tramway bridge fire cleaned up

Posted at: 06/30/2013 9:22 PM
By: Erica Zucco, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Sunday was clean-up time for fire crews at the pedestrian bridge near Rover and Menaul.

There were trees to chop, ashes to sweep and piles to clear after a brush fire that jumped down Tramway last night charred the bridge’s decking.

The damage left it unsafe to use until the New Mexico Department of Transportation does repairs.

“This is a bike and running trail,” Curtis Lombardi said. “People use it for transportation on both sides of Tramway and it’s kind of a critical bridge. I’m sure there’s gonna be lots of unhappy people.”

This isn’t the season’s first fire along Tramway.

In the past months, there have been blazes set by kids in an arroyo, near a Smith’s grocery store and at Tramway and Candelaria near the foothills.

Neighbors, though, say this was one of the worst. They hope the damage will send a message.

“It’s critical that people are aware, even let their kids know, their families, that it’s like a tinder box,” neighbor Kevin Clocke said. “Any little thing can spark it and something like this could happen.”

Their concerns are heightened by the upcoming Fourth of July.

“Fourth of July’s coming up,” Lombardi said. “We’re probably gonna have some problems. This should be a little reminder for everyone that just one single spark can start a fire all up and down Tramway.”