A Union Pacific freight train carrying ethanol went off its tracks in a Fort Worth neighborhood Wednesday morning and caught fire, prompting an evacuation of nearby homes and a hazardous materials response.
It happened at about 12:40 a.m. along the 3200 block of Yuma Street, on the city’s southeast side. Firefighters said it’s unclear what caused the cars to go off their tracks, but heavy thunderstorms were moving through the area at that hour.
Union Pacific officials were assisting the Fort Worth Fire Department and the city’s office of emergency management.
A Fort Worth Fire Department mobile command unit responding to the scene caught fire after its tower camera came into contact with overhead power lines, authorities said. No firefighters were injured.