Dozens Forced To Evacuate After Train Derailment Causes Explosion

UPDATED: Wednesday July 11, 2012 12:16 PM

The American Red Cross established an emergency shelter for those forced to evacuate during a north side train derailment and explosion early Wednesday.

Residents within a 1-mile radius were evacuated after the derailment, which caused an explosion and sent flames hundreds of feet into the air.

Eleven of 98 cars carrying chemicals like denatured alcohol and Styrene, a chemical used to make plastic, shortly before 2 a.m. Officials said that the car carrying Styrene was not punctured during the derailment.

The Red Cross established a shelter at the Rhodes Center, located on the Ohio Expo Center grounds, where they provided cots, blankets and food for those impacted.

Cassandra Rouse was just one of about 100 people who were evacuated.

"I already got my candles, it's already lit up," Rouse said. "I don't want to see anymore flames. Not even a candle right now."

Officials said that a nurse was on hand to help those in need and that pets were welcome at the shelter.

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