Weather Channel to feature Sherwood trestle fire
One of the largest fires in recent Sherwood history, the burning of the Portland & Western Railroad trestle in 2015, will be included in an upcoming segment of the Weather Channel's "Weather Gone Viral."
The segment will air the evening of Nov. 8.
According to a Weather Channel teaser on the series, it "gives viewers unprecedented access to some of the most insane meteorological moments from around the world. As ordinary days turn into chaotic calamities, viral videos capture the outrageous moments as they explode on camera."
The 85-year-old creosote-soaked Sherwood trestle caught fire on Aug. 10, 2015, and burned through the night until it came crashing down in a fiery heap, which was caught on film.
The cause of the fire, which resulted in a response from more than 50 firefighters, was blamed on juveniles who had been smoking in the area that day.
Reconstruction of the infrequently used 600-foot-long trestle began in the fall of 2018 and was completed in 2019.
Other previous large fires in Sherwood involved the former Sherwood Tannery/Frontier Leather building on Southwest Oregon Street. One was a three-alarm fire there in 1981. A second fire at the structure, which was vacant at the time, occurred on March 24, 2005, destroying two-thirds of a 45,000-square-foot building.
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