Moose in the article the reporter stated "He looked out and saw the bomber and a smaller yellow plane. An engine on the left wing of the bomber -- the one farthest from the cockpit --- was on fire. "Not a lot of flames, just more smoke than flames," Barry said.
Now that is a non aviation reporter relaying what a 'witness' saw, so it is entirely possible that it was engine #2 but I'm just referencing the article linked early in the thread
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If it was a simple fire that went out when they shut down the engine, it shouldn't be an issue to return to base, but depending on what happened, say if a fuel line ruptured or the fire spread to the wing, the best course of action would be to make an emergency landing as they did.
That's kinda what I was thinking, along with the fact that I don't know how good, if any, the fire prevention/extinguishing capabilities of the engines in planes of that era. Did they even have fire bottles to pull with a switch/handle from the cockpit?