Train car catches fire in Lancaster County

Written by The Associated Press | Jul 2, 2013 9:20 AM

(Manheim) -- A propane car has caught fire on a freight train in Lancaster County, injuring one person and forcing the evacuation of dozens of people from nearby businesses.

The car caught fire around 11:00 a.m. in Rapho Township and one person had suffered burns by the time crews arrived, according to Randall Gockley, the county's director of emergency management.

Up to 80 homes have been evacuated.

The American Red Cross plans to open a shelter for people who've been evacuated from the area around the site of the fire.

It will be located at LCBC Church in Manheim starting at 6:00 p.m. and will provide meals and a place to sleep.

The Red Cross asks those seeking shelter to bring identification, and if available pillows, blankets, change of clothing, medications, and eyeglasses.

The shelter will be open as long as it is deemed necessary.

In addition, the non-profit is providing canteen services for emergency personnel at the scene, offering water, refreshments and a place of respite for the emergency response personnel from three counties, who are on the scene.

*This story has been updated  7/2/13  at 3:42 p.m.*

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