Evacuations lifted after train fire and derailment in Brewster

Evacuations lifted after train fire and derailment in Brewster
Several dozen residents were evacuated. (Source: WOIO)
Several dozen residents were evacuated. (Source: WOIO)

STARK COUNTY, OH (WOIO) - Officials in Stark County say several fire departments were called and parts of Brewster Village were evacuated after a train caught fire and derailed late Monday afternoon.

It happened around 5:25 p.m. on the railroad tracks off Wabash Avenue. Authorities say one car was leaking butane and caught fire, and at least six cars derailed.

Stark County Hazmat, Beach City, Wilmont and North Lawrence, and several other area fire departments were called in to help.

No injuries were reported. Certain parts of the city were evacuated but families were given the all clear around 9:30 p.m.

Wheeling and Lake Erie Railway issued the following statement:

A W&LE train derailed four tank cars in Brewster, Ohio early this evening. Although classified as empty, the tank cars still contain a residual amount of natural gas liquids.  As a result of the derailment, one of the cars was punctured and caught fire.  Fire officials and W&LE personnel responded immediately and remain on scene.  The most recent information available is that fire officials have successfully extinguished the fire.  No injuries have been reported, but nearby businesses and residents were evacuated as a precautionary measure.?
W&LE will continue to work with and support emergency response personnel and address the needs of the surrounding community.  W&LE will provide additional information as it becomes available.

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