Train carrying ethanol derails, catches fire in Fort Worth

Parts of a train carrying a dangerous liquid derailed and caught fire early Wednesday morning in Fort Worth.

Fort Worth fire officials said it happened around 1 a.m. southwest of Interstate 35W and East Berry Street, near Echo Lake.

Several Union Pacific railroad tankers that contained ethanol overturned and burst into flames. No employees on the train were injured.

Hazmat crews were called out to monitor the air quality because of the burning gas. People who live in the area were evacuated as a precaution.

Fire officials said the flames are now under control but they'll be at the scene for several hours making sure everything is safe.

"Right now we're monitoring air quality. We want to make sure that there's not going to be any respiratory issues with anybody. If they are in an evacuation zone, that we take care of them and then just making sure that they're a safe distance away from the emergency," said Mike Drivdahl with the Fort Worth Fire Department.

Depending on what hazmat crews find, the evacuation zone could be expanded.

The cause of the derailment is still under investigation. Fire officials said they're not sure if the weather played any role.