Train derailment fire out, evacuation lifted

Four days after the fire started it burned itself out and the rail cars containing toxic chemicals were stabilized and removed


The Associated Press

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Evacuations have been lifted and homeowners are being allowed back into the town of West Point, four days after a chemical fire started at the site of a train derailment.

The Louisville mayor's office said Sunday that two rail tank cars containing hydrogen fluoride were moved and stabilized and all restrictions have been lifted. That includes a 1.2-mile evacuation zone and a shelter-in-place order for anyone within 5 miles of the site.

The fire burned out on its own Sunday morning as crews moved the two cars.

Hundreds of residents were given little notice to evacuate on Wednesday after a worker's torch ignited fumes at the site. The train derailed Monday.

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