Residents upset after train delays response to fire

Associated Press

New Boston — New Boston residents are upset after stopped train delayed crews from responding to a fire.

No one was injured in Wednesday’s fire at an unoccupied home in New Boston. WJBK-TV reports firefighters were forced to take a longer route to the house. Neighbors say that resulted in a delay of roughly 20 minutes in responding. The house was destroyed.

Residents used cellphones to record video and take photos. Stephanie Layne, who lives near the home that burned, tells WXYZ-TV that she worries a 911 call for an injury or illness might see a similar delay. She says: “It makes me mad, it makes me very scared.”

Rufus Thames, who also lives nearby, says trains “sit there for hours at a time” blocking the route to their neighborhood.