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Evacuations ordered in Illinois after fiery train derailment


Officials are battling a fire caused by a train derailment in Dupo, Illinois, Tuesday afternoon.

First responders are on the scene of the “multiple train car derailment,” according to the St. Clair County Emergency Management Agency.

At least 16 cars were affected, according to KMOV.

Union Pacific said in a statement that a tank car containing a flammable liquid, methyl isobutyl ketone, typically used as a solvent caught fire while it was preparing for departure.

A witness told the station that he heard “a loud bang and then saw a fireball go up,” but officials have not confirmed the cause of the derailment. Video from the scene showed fire and massive black smoke clouds pouring out of the train.

No injuries have been reported in the incident.

Dupo schools were evacuated and all students were transported to a local high school for parental pick-up, according to the school district.

Ameren power company also cut service to the East Carondelet area “due to high tension lines over the fire.”