Large train derailment, fire near Dupo, Ill.

Large train derailment, fire near Dupo, Ill.

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.

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LIVE LOOK: Train derailment & fire near Dupo, Ill.

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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.

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