A fire that started Sunday morning between Columbus and Hallowell is under investigation by the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Department.
At 3:39 a.m. the Columbus Fire Department and deputies from the sheriff’s department responded to a call near Southwest 82nd and Hallowell Road. When they arrived they found a railroad trestle engulfed in flames.
An area of dead vegetation along the railroad right-of-way had also been burned.
Preliminary damage and repair estimates for the trestle are currently in excess of $150,000.
The sheriff’s office is currently conducting an investigation to determine if the fire was arson.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to please call the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office at (620) 429-3992 or (620) 848-3000.