Evacuations ordered after freight train derails and catches fire in northern New Brunswick

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PLASTER ROCK, N.B. – Several homes in northern New Brunswick were evacuated east of Plaster Rock late Tuesday after a CN freight train derailed and caught fire.

Sharon DeWitt, the village's emergency measures co-ordinator, said it's unclear how big the fire is or whether anyone was hurt.

"To the best of our knowledge, only a few cars are involved and we are not exactly sure what those cars are carrying," she said in an interview. "We have evacuated homes in the immediate area."

DeWitt said the train derailed about five kilometres from the village in a wooded area.

"There's a lot of fire personnel on site or en route," she said. "Police and ambulances are also on site."

DeWitt said there is one road near the site, which includes a number of homes.

There were unconfirmed reports of an explosion, but DeWitt said she was not aware on any blast at the site.

She said the village has opened an evacuation centre for displaced residents


Geographic location: New Brunswick, PLASTER ROCK

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