El Paso, Texas: Train Derailment Sparks Fire During Windy Day

April 7, 2014

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.

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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. 

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