MARYVILLE (WATE) – As many as 5,000 Blount County, Tennessee residents evacuated their homes on Thursday after a train carrying flammable and poisonous material caught on fire.
According to the Blount County Sheriff’s Office, a CSX train carrying liquid petroleum, a highly flammable and toxic gas, derailed at Mt. Tabor Road at Old Mt. Tabor Road around midnight.
Homes in the area were evacuated. Around 100 people relocated to the Foothills Mall until they are able to go home. The Red Cross also set up shelter at Heritage High School for residents.
Evacuations could last between 24 and 48 hours, according to deputies.
Seven law enforcement officers from the Blount County Sheriff’s Office and surrounding were treated due exposure to the fumes.
The Blount County Sheriff’s Office, Maryville Police, TEMA and emergency management are on scene.