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The Seattle Times

A southern Washington resident has filed a lawsuit against a railway company for allegedly sparking a fire that displaced residents and leveled his and other homes in the Columbia River Gorge last year.

The lawsuit, filed this week in Skamania County court, alleges that the Tunnel 5 fire started as a result of sparks, hot debris, particles, emissions and other materials from a passing BNSF train that ignited nearby vegetation. It alleges that the railway company knew the risks of operating a 46-year-old locomotive with a non-turbocharged engine amid high fire danger. A turbocharged engine uses exhaust to force more air into the engine.

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