Eleven train cars derailed, causing massive fire

Train derailment in Columbus causes massive fire

COLUMBUS, Ohio - A train carrying chemicals derailed in Columbus, Ohio, early Wednesday morning causing a community in the area to evacuate.

A train carrying chemicals like denatured alcohol and Styrene — a chemical used to make plastic — derailed on Fields Avenue in Columbus around 2 a.m. causing flames to shoot up in the air and be seen from people nearly a mile away, according to WBNS.com , the ABC affiliate in Columbus. Officials have not reported any injuries.

People in the area reported seeing an explosion with flames shooting hundreds of feet in the air, according to the report. Fire crews and a HAZMAT team responded to the scene, although officials say they don't think there is a risk for air contamination.

Authorities say four or five cars of the 100-car train derailed and they are looking into what caused the crash.

Officials evacuated those within a one-mile radius of the derailment. The Ohio State Fairgrounds is set up as a safe area.

Officials are working to determine what caused the train to derail and have not released any additional details at this time.

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