AUSTIN (KXAN/ NBC) — A Union Pacific freight train carrying ethanol derailed near a southeast Fort Worth neighborhood Wednesday morning and caught fire, prompting an evacuation of nearby homes and a hazardous materials response, according to reports by a local NBC affiliate.
The wreck took place at about 12:40 a.m.and city emergency officials said four rail cars derailed and several caught fire. The cars burned through the early morning hours and spread to one outbuilding near the tracks, firefighters told local media.
Homes in the immediate vicinity were evacuated as a precaution, the city’s office of emergency management tweeted. Hazmat teams were monitoring air quality conditions and no injuries have been reported.
Union Pacific officials are assisting the Fort Worth Fire Department and the city’s office of emergency management.
A Fort Worth Fire Department mobile command unit responding to the scene caught fire after its tower camera came into contact with overhead power lines, authorities said. No firefighters were injured.
People are being told to avoid the area.