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Official: Derailed rail car fires should burn out overnight

Written by The Associated Press | Aug 3, 2017 10:03 AM
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(Hyndman) -- Officials say the derailed freight train cars that have been ablaze for nearly a day and half in a small Pennsylvania town will burn themselves out overnight.

About 1,000 residents of Hyndman spent the night in hotels following Wednesday's derailment that forced their evacuation.

County safety crews and workers from CSX, the train's owner, helped residents retrieve pets and prescription medicines after they were ordered out of their homes Wednesday.

Hyndman is about 100 miles southeast of Pittsburgh.

At least 32 rail cars derailed, some containing hazardous materials.

At least one house was practically sheared in half and one garage caught fire.

A CSX spokesman says they're letting the propane burn itself out, which is safer than trying to extinguish it.

Some of the train cars that didn't derail are being removed from the tracks.

An earlier story appears below.

(Hyndman) -- About 1,000 people in a small Bedford County community spent the night in area hotels following a freight train derailment and fire that forced their evacuation.

Bedford County public safety crews and workers from CSX, the train's owner, helped people in Hyndman retrieve pets and prescription medicines after they were ordered out of their homes yesterday.

Hyndman is about 100 miles  southeast of Pittsburgh.

At least 32 rail cars derailed, some containing hazardous materials.

Officials say today that they plan to let burning propane dissipate on its own, saying that's safer than trying to extinguish it.

A CSX spokesman says the railroad will release updates on the company's response.

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