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.
🇺🇸 — DEVELOPING: Large fire after a train derailment in Dupo, Illinois. Evacuations are underway in the area.— BELAAZ (@TheBelaaz) September 10, 2019
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.
ALERT! Happening now in Dupo Illinois. My Lord this bring back so many memories, mostly bad ones. pic.twitter.com/vxxjRrM7FM— 🇺🇸 OneOfTheSmiths 🇨🇦 (@OneOfTheSmiths) September 10, 2019
There have been no reports of injuries during the incident.