An entire north-central Illinois community was evacuated after a train carrying ethanol alcohol derailed overnight and caught fire, authorities said on Friday.
The roughly 800-person village of Tiskilwa, more than 100 miles southwest of Chicago, was evacuated after a train with about 130 cars derailed around 2:20 a.m. local time, according to the Bureau County Sheriff's Office.
As of 10:30 a.m. local time, everything was pretty much under control, said Les Grant, public information officer for the Bureau County Emergency Services and Disaster Administration.
He said about 20 cars were involved in the derailment, and the other 110 cars have been detached and pulled away.
Roughly six cars caught fire, and were still burning.
Grant said 60 cars altogether contained ethanol and that there were no injuries or structural damage.
Some town residents voluntarily evacuated to Princeton High School, seven miles north of the small town, while others simply went to work, Grant said.
There was an explosion when the derailment happened, said Deputy Cindy Cromwell, a dispatcher in the sheriff's office.
Grant said investigators from the Iowa Interstate Railroad are at the scene. The cause for the derailment has not yet been determined.