Memories of Grayling Wildfire Linger as Railroad Company Faces Charges

Nearly two years after a devastating wildfire, Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox filed criminal charges against a railroad company. Lake State Railway is accused of starting the fire that burned trees, homes and other buildings in and near Grayling in April 2008. The attorney general says the company ignored safety regulations, and embers flew out from the exhaust system, sparking the fire along the track. If convicted, the company would have to pay nearly one million dollars in damages. LSR also faces charges for a fire in Arenac County. LSR will be arraigned in separate courts for those fires. Calls from 9&10 News to the company have not yet been returned. 9&10 News spoke with some of the residents about the fire and its lasting ripple effects. 9&10's Jodi Hathaway and photojournalist Joel Deaner have the story.