DUPO, Ill. (KFVS/AP) - Crews are on the scene of a large train derailment and fire.
According to the St. Clair County Emergency Management Agency, first responders are on the scene of a multiple car derailment.
The EMA said Ameren would be cutting power to the East Carondelet community due to high tension lines over the fire.
The train derailment happened on Carondelet Ave. in Dupo, about 8 miles south of St. Louis.
The Associated Press reported Union Pacific said in a news release that the train derailed at its yard at about 12:45 p.m. The railroad said initial information indicated that the tank car that first caught fire contained a flammable liquid called methyl isobutyl ketone that is typically used as a solvent.
Union Pacific spokeswoman Kristen South told the AP the smoke from the fire does not pose a significant health hazard.
However, according to the AP, Dupo police said that as a precaution that students at a grade school, junior high school and high school were evacuated to a high school farther away. Police also said a few hundred residents of a mobile home park and a subdivision near the tracks were also evacuated.