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Updated: Fri, 15 Nov 2013 20:31:09 GMT | By CBC News, cbc.ca

Kingston marsh fire near Hwy 401 slows traffic



A Twitter user snapped this photograph of a large marsh fire burning in the north end of Kingston on Friday afternoon. Twitter user @white_jessie

A Twitter user snapped this photograph of a large marsh fire burning in the north end of Kingston on Friday afternoon. Twitter user @white_jessie

Firefighters in Kingston, Ont., are battling a large marsh fire in the north end of the city, close to Highway 401, which is causing traffic delays and halted train traffic for a time.

Kingston Fire and Rescue Services started getting 911 calls about the fire just after 4:30 p.m. The flames broke out in the marsh near Montreal Street and Highway 401.

All train traffic through Kingston was stopped while firefighters battled the flames, but trains are back moving through the city again, said Kingston fire Chief Rheaume Chaput by phone Friday evening.

The flames spread quickly and by 7 p.m., they covered an area about the size of one square kilometre, Chaput said.

Although the flames can be seen from the highway, Chaput said they're not close enough to pose a danger to the highway corridor.

There have been no reports of injuries or property damage.

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