Stark County residents return after train fire put out at Ohio railyard

Firefighters say it took about three hours to contain the fire, which officials say involved a butane tank.

BREWSTER, Ohio (AP) – Fire officials say a train derailed and burst into flames at a railyard in northeast Ohio, but no one was injured.

It happened around 6 p.m. Monday in the Stark County village of Brewster, about 25 miles south of Akron.

Fire Chief Chris Colucy says between 300 and 500 residents living within a half mile of the scene were asked to leave. They have since been allowed to return. Area businesses were also asked to temporarily close.

The evacuation was spurred by the fumes and the threat of an explosion at the railyard on First Street and South Wabash Avenue, which stores hundreds of tankers containing liquid fuel.

Firefighters say it took about three hours to contain the fire, which officials say involved a butane tank.

Officials say the cause of the derailment is unknown. No injuries were reported.

Brewster police say there is no serious threat to anyone and that hazmat and Environmental Protection Agency crews are at the scene.

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