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Fiery Train Crash, Derailment Forces Evacuations in South Fort Worth

FORT WORTH, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) - A train with cars carrying ethanol derailed early Wednesday morning and caught fire, leading to evacuations and a shelter-in-place order.

The derailment happened just after 12:30 a.m. on Yuma Street near Berry Street.

Several cars of the Union Pacific train derailed and caught fire. Officials said burning cars contained ethanol.

A Fort Worth fire department mobile command post also caught fire and burned. According to officials on scene, this fire was unrelated to the derailment and happened after the truck put up a mast that hit power lines above it

There were no reported injuries. Officials said three horses died as a result of this crash after a nearby barn caught fire.

The fire department also evacuated residents from Atkins Sttreet, Riley Street and McClure Streets.

Residents were told to shelter in place, especially along Todd Avenue, East Shaw Street, and Schieffer Avenue.

A Union Pacific spokesperson says its crew was not injured during the derailment. There was no immediate word if weather played a role.

The Fort Worth Office of Emergency Management said no shelter is being set up for displaced residents, but officials did set up a small reception area nearby.

The National Transportation Safety Board said it will be sending a crew to investigate the crash.

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