Train fire not as bad as it looked

A fire on an eastbound freight train around 5 a.m. today was not as bad as it looked, though it blazed from some point in Gulfport and for several blocks into Biloxi, fire officials said.

"It started by a malfunction with a fuel injection pump that sprays diesel into the engine," said Joe Boney of the Biloxi Fire Department.

Early reports of flames coming from a CSX train's smokestack alerted police and fire officials to a problem, Boney said.

The blaze around dawn was noticeable as the train passed by DeBuys Road. The train was stopped around Eisenhower Drive, and though firefighters were prepared to put out the blaze, the fire went out by itself, Boney said.

A second engine on the train is pushing it to a CSX yard in Mobile.