Main Street Bridge Temporarily Closed Following Incident

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12:01a.m. update:

The Main Street Bridge in Elmira was shut down for three hours Tuesday night because of a brush fire underneath it.

The fire started just after  7p.m. at the south end of the bridge.

Firefighters tell 18 News a large pile of logs that had washed up from the river was on fire.

“It took quite a bit of water and time to put it out and we had to have equipment brought in from the D.E.C. and the County to go through the pile to make sure we put the fire out,” said Elmira Fire Department Captain, Bill Gillett.

Gillett does not believe any damage was done to the bridge but said it will be checked out.

The bridge reopened to traffic around 10p.m.

As for the cause of the fire, Gillett says the Elmira Police Department is following up on a lead or two from people who called the fire in.

No injuries were reported among the firefighters battling the fire. 


Elmira Police temporarily close the Main Street Bridge in the City of Elmira this evening following an incident underneath the south side of the bridge.

Smoke could be seen coming from underneath the bridge but no flames are present at this time.

A reporter on the scene says it looks as though several tree branches may have been extinguished.

Two fire trucks are still on the scene and the bridge remains blocked off.

This is a developing story — check back for updates.

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