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Fire at site of train derailment now under control

Jan. 8, 2014, Plaster Rock, N.B. – The president of CN says a fire burning at the site of a freight train derailment in northwestern New Brunswick is under control.

January 8, 2014
By The Canadian Press

Jan. 8, 2014, Plaster Rock, N.B. – The president of CN says a fire burning at the site of a freight train derailment in northwestern New Brunswick is under control.

Speaking today at a news conference in Plaster Rock, Claude Mongeau described the fire as a controlled burn.

He says 17 cars derailed last night near Wapske and five of them were carrying crude oil.

Four other cars were carrying liquefied propane gas.

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Mongeau says officials are still assessing the situation, but procedures are in place to deal with the fire in a safe manner.

New Brunswick's Emergency Measures Organization says 150 people are affected by an evacuation, but there have been no injuries.

The federal Transportation Safety Board is investigating the incident.

The board says it's looking at the brake system and a broken axle on the train.