El Paso Fire Dept./Twitter
The El Paso Fire Department works against windy condiitons to control a fire.
The El Paso Fire Department battled a three-alarm fire after a train derailed on a windy Monday afternoon near El Paso, TX. By mid-afternoon, firefighters had contained the blaze and no injuries were reported, according to KVIA.com.
A Burlington Northern Santa Fe train went off the tracks at Doniphan and Talbot around 3 p.m. CDT when the train encountered a broken rails as it tried to switch tracks.
The accident sparked a large brush fire that sent large plumes of smoke over El Paso, KFox14 reports. Several businesses also caught fire, prompting evacuations.
(MORE: Possible Tornado in N.C.)
The dry, windy weather is conducive to fires. According to weather.com meteorologist Nick Wiltgen, wind gusts were well above 40 mph with humidity at a low 12 percent at the time of the fire.]
KTSM.com says the smoke could be seen from miles away.
Below are some of your images gathered from around social media: