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Old San Saba County train trestle burns, collapses

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Fire destroyed a railroad trestle Sunday afternoon in Lampasas and one man caught it on video.

According to the San Saba County Sheriff, it was called the Harmony Ridge Bridge.

The line was finished way back in 1910. And it's still a working train track that hauls frack sand and wheat from Brady, Texas.

The man who shot a video, Jamie Smart is a jack of all trades in Lometa. He's principal of the high school and he's also captain of the volunteer fire department.

It was Sunday afternoon when he got the call.

"It's a very remote section of the Hill Country. Approximately 8-10 miles off the main highway. The railroad trestle...about 900 feet of it was totally engulfed from one end to the other," Smart said.

He and the captain of the San Saba Volunteer Fire Department got together and decided this fire was too dangerous to fight.

"Doesn't matter how much water that we would have had, we could not have put those creosote-soaked trestles out," Smart said.

So they focused on saving the nearby structures and farmland.

About 20 minutes after they got to the fire, Smart reached for his cell phone.

"I happened to turn it on and I heard one of the guys holler 'There she goes,'" he said.

He says one thought was going through his head. He thanked God that no firefighters were close enough to get injured.

"It was really by chance that I got this video. Some of the firemen there told me that I should have put it on You Tube. And I've never really looked at You Tube in my life," he said.

Since then, the video has gone viral. As this story airs, it's gotten more than 15,000 views.

But Smart hasn't forgotten the real story.

"I know the people who own this track. And I know that this is part of what makes their livelihood work and you know, you hate to see that for anybody. There's many people whose jobs will be in jeopardy if they can't run this train up and down the track," he said.

We're told the State Fire Marshal's office has been investigating the fire and right now, they don't know what started it.

We also briefly spoke with the track owners, Heart of Texas Railroad.

They say they're still trying to figure out what their next step is.

Locals say it may cost anywhere from $10 to $20 million to repair.

Link to video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLVKb1HxhAY

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