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Saturday, July 03, 2010

CSW BREAKING: Train Fire With Tankers of Hazardous Materials Involved in Sugar Creek MO

C-MO Fire department Haz-Mat along with units from Independence are assisting Sugar Creek Fire with a train fire.

The incident is on railroad mainline tracks near Vermont and Cement City Road and was reported to Sugar Creek emergency dispatch at 1:47 a.m. Saturday morning.

It has been reported the fire resulted when a malfunction on a car of the moving train derailed.

At least one rail tanker car comtaining the chemical Toluene has "exploded-" and at least one other tanker car is heavily-involved in fire.

That tanker and a third car that became involved in fire contained  liquid animal fat and recycled oil.

As of 4 a.m. fire commanders still didn't know the extent of the fire- which was about 1/4-mile west of the Vermont Avenue crossing off Kentucky Road.

No report of any widespread evacuations as the fire was in a fairly unpopulated area with south-southeasterly winds generally blowing any toxic smoke away from close-by heavily-populated areas.

At 4:05 a.m. it was reported that "the Birmingham Wastewater Plant" in KC-MO north of the Missouri river "has been evacuated."

There was yet no report of any evacuation of the unincorporated community of Birmingham itself or the nearby Ameristar Casino,

By 6:30 a.m.- 2 locomotives also became involved in the fire,  Those engines contained about 8000 gallons of diesel and were destroyed.

It wasn't until about 11:15 a.m.- or more than 9 hours after the initial alarm- when Sugar Creek firefighters- overseen by railroad officials- attempted to extinguish what fire remained.

On a positive note- there have been no reports of injuries .

A full report on this fire on KSHB-41 NBC Action News at  5 and 10 p.m..

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