Evacuations have been lifted and homeowners are being allowed back into the town of West Point four days after a chemical fire started at the site of a train derailment. The Louisville mayor's office said in a release Sunday that two rail tank cars containing hydrogen fluoride were moved and stabilized and all restrictions have been lifted, including a 1.2-mile evacuation zone and a shelter-in-place restriction for anyone within five miles of the site.
Crews are continuing efforts to move tanker cars near a chemical fire at the site of a train derailment in Louisville. Louisville MetroSafe spokeswoman Jody Duncan said Saturday that some cars have already been moved away from the site, but workers decided to delay relocating tankers containing the dangerous chemical hydrogen fluoride until debris from the derailment could be cleaned up.
Roger Jacobs left behind a warm bed, clean clothes and his dog Zoey when a chemical fire from a derailed tanker car in Kentucky forced him from his apartment. On Friday, the 50-year-old West Point man was still wearing the same clothes he left with three days ago. He wondered if Zoey, a Labrador-mix, had enough water, though his father has been able to make brief daily visits to check on her.
Emergency workers in Kentucky were increasingly confident that fire crews had contained a blaze spewing flames and smoke from a derailed tanker car, allowing them to focus on untangling other stricken rail cars loaded with toxic chemicals nearby.
Authorities in Kentucky say a fire at the site of a train derailment is expected to continue burning throughout the day. Officials had initially said that the fire, fueled by a pressurized chemical that was being carried by a railcar, would burn itself out within two hours. However, Doug Hamilton with Metro Louisville Emergency Management says the fire is expected to continue burning through the day Thursday.