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Homes evacuated after several railroad cars derailed, caught fire in southeast Fort Worth

Homes were evacuated early Wednesday in several neighborhoods when train cars caught fire after derailing, fire officials said.

No injuries have been reported.

Fewer than 20 homes were evacuated after the derailment of the Union Pacific railroad cars. Residents were taken to Worth Heights Community Center, where they were were relocated with friends and other family members.

As of 8:20 a.m., the fire had decreased dramatically, fire officials said.

“There will be an extensive cleanup operation,” said fire department spokesman Mike Drivdahl on Wednesday.

The derailment occurred just before 1 a.m. just west of Riverside Drive and East Berry Street.

Several cars which contained ethanol caught fire, fire officials said.

Homes north and east of the crash site were evacuated as firefighters went door to door in the area. As of 5:30 a.m., evacuations continued in the neighborhoods.

A fire department command unit caught fire at the scene, but it was not caused by the train derailment, fire officials said.

Fire crews remained on the scene.

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Mitch Mitchell is an award-winning reporter covering courts and crime for the Star-Telegram. Additionally, Mitch’s past coverage on municipal government, healthcare and social services beats allow him to bring experience and context to the stories he writes.
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