NORTH ADAMS -- Smoke filled the air all along southern Church Street on Wednesday evening, as a pile of old railroad ties caught fire and burned slightly less than an acre near the Pan Am rail line.
The brush fire was located on the north side of the tracks, where the train exits a tunnel inside the wooded area off Church Street.
The North Adams Fire Department sent two engines and a brush truck to the hard-to-reach scene at 7:43 p.m. and the fire was controlled within an hour.
"We don't know right now what caused [the fire] yet, and it may be difficult to find out, but we'll probably follow up during the day tomorrow," Fire Director Steve Meranti said Wednesday.
The oncoming shift of city firefighters came in early to man the station and North Adams Ambulance also traveled to the scene.
-- Phil Demers