INFRASTRUCTURE & SOCIETAL COLLAPSE: Train Derailment In El Paso, Texas – Sparks Fire During Windy Day; Businesses Evacuated!

April 07, 2014 – TEXAS, UNITED STATES – The El Paso Fire Department is trying to contain a three-alarm fire after a train derailed on a windy Monday afternoon.

Fire crews responded to an area near the intersection of Doniphan Drive and Talbot Avenue around 12:50 p.m.

It is not known what caused the train to derail, but fire officials said no chemicals were involved and the train was upright but off the track.

According to the EPFD, a Burlington Northern Santa Fe train went off the tracks at Doniphan and Talbot around 3 p.m. CDT.

WATCH: Train derailment in El Paso, Texas.

Although, there aren’t any chemicals on fire, scrap metal and vegetation around the area is in flames.

The scrap metal and brush caught fire, sending large plumes of black smoke into the area visible across El Paso.

Here are several images from the scene, courtesy of social media:

A spokesperson for the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office said people in the nearby area were evacuated as several commercial businesses in the area caught fire. El Paso Fire Department officials said 18 units are at the scene, and no injuries were reported.

The dry, windy weather is conducive to fires. According to meteorologist Nick Wiltgen, wind gusts were well above 40 mph with humidity at a low 12 percent at the time of the fire.

No injuries were reported, but says the smoke could be seen from miles away.

Stay tuned for updates on this developing story.


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