Peninsula  — Officials are still trying to determine what ignited a fire under an empty Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad car on Nov. 15 around 3:30 p.m.
The railroad car was near the Cuyahoga Valley National Park headquarters, near Boston Mills Road when the fire began.
The empty car, which had been attached to the Cuyahoga Valley National Park Polar Express, was uncoupled from the train as soon as the fire began, according to train officials.
“We are still assessing the cause,” according to Kim Shafron, senior director for customer experience for the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad. “It was a small fire under one of our RDC cars. No one was injured and everything was contained very quickly. No one was in danger.”  
Shafron did not yet have a damage estimate to the car or track.  “It was on the national parks scenic train, but there was no one in the car,” Shafron said. “The Valley [Fire District] and Boston  [Heights] fire departments were called and worked with our volunteers to extinguish the blaze. They are very good.”
According to Shafron “it did not take long” for firefighters to extinguish the fire.  
The fire did not cause any delays in the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad’s Polar Express, Shafron said.
“As a matter of fact the Polar Express was on time,” Shafron added.
Shafron not only credited the Valley Fire District and Boston Heights fire departments for their quick actions, but also railroad personnel.
“Our staff and volunteers did an excellent job following procedures and protocol and we are really proud of them,” Shafron added.
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