Railroad tie fire still burning in Alabama despite storm

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SELMA, Ala. (AP) — A huge fire that consumed thousands of railroad ties in rural western Alabama is still burning nearly two days after it started.

A fire official says a storm that dumped rain on the blaze Monday evening helped keep it contained to the property of National Salvage and Services Corp. east of Selma.

But he says it could take as long as a week for the fire to burn itself out completely. An apparent lighting strike started the fire Sunday evening.

No one was hurt and no evacuations were required, but officials said the heavy smoke from wood treated with chemicals could cause breathing problems for some.

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