KC-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 .