KY train fire closes 3 schools

Welding equipment ignited vapors inside one derailed train car

LOUISVILLE, Ky. | November 1, 2012


Three schools around Louisville, Ky., remained closed Thursday as a fire at the site of a train derailment burned for a second day, officials said.

The fire started Wednesday when workers using welding equipment ignited vapors from butadiene inside one of the derailed cars, WHAS-TV, Louisville, reported.

Five of the workers were injured, with three receiving second and third-degree burns over 90 percent of their bodies. Two of the severely injured workers were reported in critical condition Thursday morning, while a third was listed in serious condition.

The train derailed Monday.

At a news conference at 4 a.m. Thursday, officials said the fire was under control, but that it would be allowed to burn itself out to avoid the release of dangerous vapors.

An area in a one-mile radius of the derailment was ordered evacuated Wednesday. Officials said residents could return to their homes Thursday. However, the three schools -- an elementary school and middle school in Jefferson County and an elementary school in Bullitt County -- remain closed.

A "shelter in place" warning has also been issued for people living within five miles of the accident scene.

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