What could've been a very serious situation in Blackie was averted on Monday afternoon.

Around 3 p.m., cargo on a train in Blackie caught fire. 

Creosote soaked railway ties caused flames to shoot in the air and fill the sky with dark black smoke.

Fire departments from High River, Blackie, and Heritage Pointe fought back the flames in windy conditions to get them under control and prevent spreading.

Chad Demers, senior firefighter with the Heritage Pointe Fire Department, says the fire was contained to one car.

"It's a bit difficult just because the ties are covered in creosote, causes some issues for us plus the sheer weight of that amount of debris."

The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.

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