19:55 GMT19 February 2020
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    A cargo train derailed near Dupo, Illinois, resulting in a massive fire that sent thick black plumes of smoke into the sky.

    Local emergency crews fought to control the fire which broke out at 01:00 p.m. local time. According to local media reports, at least 16 train cars were derailed.

    Several homes, including the Dupo High School, in the local area were evacuated as a precautionary measure and residents were housed at a nearby shelter, according to US-based media reports.

    St. Clair County Emergency Management Agency confirmed its team was dealing with the incident, but did not specify what caused the explosion.

    Posted on Facebook: "First responders are on scene of a multiple train car derailment on Carondelet Ave in Dupo. We will post updates as they become available." Dupo is a small town on the Mississippi River some 10km south of downtown St Louis.

    There have been no reports of injuries during the incident.


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