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Midtown train fire intentionally set, investigation reveals

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Firefighters told our WMC Action News 5 crew to stay back from the scene for their own safety. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5) Firefighters told our WMC Action News 5 crew to stay back from the scene for their own safety. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5)
Emergency crews have also closed a section of S. McLean Blvd. between York and Evelyn Avenues. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5) Emergency crews have also closed a section of S. McLean Blvd. between York and Evelyn Avenues. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5)
A hazardous material crew is on the scene. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5) A hazardous material crew is on the scene. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5)
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC) – Memphis Fire Department and a hazardous material crew were called to a train fire in the area of South Barksdale Street in Midtown on Wednesday morning.

Emergency crews closed a section of S. McLean in Cooper-Young.

According to Memphis Fire Department Lt. Wayne Cooke, the fire broke out around 5 a.m. and involved three railroad cars.

The substance burning was cardboard and other kinds of paper. Investigators later revealed the cause of the fire was intentionally set in the cargo area.

Just a short distance from the burning cars were several other cars that had ethanol residue in them.

"We made sure that they were covered. We cooled those tanks to make sure they did not become involved, but it only had residue in those cars," said Cooke.

There were some tense moments as firefighters scrambled to keep the ethanol residue cars away from the flames. The WMC Action News Five crew was told to stay back from the scene for their own safety.

Fire inspectors have not determined who is responsible fire.

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