Fire erupts, homes evacuated in Georgia train derailment

LILBURN, Ga. — A train derailment in metro Atlanta early Sunday sparked a small fire, created runoff concerns and briefly forced some residents from their homes, a fire official said.

The CSX train with about 170 cars, including three locomotives, ran off the tracks in Lilburn, according to Gwinnett County Fire and Emergency Services.

The fire involved “hazardous materials,” spokesperson Justin Wilson said. The agency shared photos on social media of smoky air over buildings in the city northeast of downtown Atlanta.

The derailment appears to have been caused by a washed out track from intense rain and flash flood conditions in the area, CSX said in a statement.

The Atlanta area is getting a soaking from the remnants of what was once Hurricane Delta.

It was unclear what exactly the train cars were carrying but crews were continuing “atmospheric monitoring” after evacuation orders were lifted around 6 a.m. Evacuations

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Public health officials concerned about potential COVID exposure among evacuated residents of 2 nursing homes

Residents at two east Santa Rosa nursing homes that for months have successfully kept their patients free of COVID-19 were forced to evacuate their residents, sending them to evacuation centers, family homes and other facilities during the Glass fire earlier this week.

The emergency evacuations of those most vulnerable to the coronavirus pandemic is raising concerns among health officials of potential exposure to the virus in the community.

Spring Lake Village on Montgomery Drive and Summerfield Healthcare Center on Summerfield Road were both evacuated the night of the fire, their residents sent to several locations, including other nursing facilities, family homes and evacuation centers.

“It is very worrisome that people who had no contact to COVID had to potentially go to situations where they could be exposed to COVID, especially that vulnerable population that we’re trying to really keep safe,” said Dr. Sundari Mase, Sonoma County’s health officer.

Mase said

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More Than 36,000 Acres Burned; Flames Destroy Homes, Rip Through Vineyards; Thousands Evacuated

ST. HELENA (CBS SF) — The raging Glass Incident wildfire, comprised of the Glass, Shady and Boysen Fire, has destroyed a number of homes along the eastern edge of Santa Rosa, and forced the evacuation of tens of thousands of people in Napa and Sonoma Counties. The fire has also consumed at least one winery, and threatened at least a dozen other well-known vintners.

The Glass Incident has tripled in size from overnight Monday to Monday afternoon, exploding to 36,236 acres with zero percent containment, Cal Fire Division Chief Ben Nicholls said at a 5 p.m press conference Monday.

The fire burned homes in Deer Park, jumping over Silverado Trail, and forcing thousands from their wine country homes including neighborhoods in St. Helena and Calistoga. Burning homes were also reported in Oakmont, a retirement community with 5,000 residents along state Highway 12, and in the Skyhawk and Mountain Hawk

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Swansea garage fire: Homes evacuated at Pentrechwyth

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Seventy-five people have been evacuated from their homes after fire broke out at a garage and industrial units.

Firefighters tackled the blaze involving tyres and cylinders at Pentrechwyth, Swansea, after a callout at about 22:30 BST on Saturday.

A number of businesses were affected and 25 properties were evacuated as a precaution. No one needed hospital treatment.

One trader said she had “lost everything” in the fire.

“There is no coming back from this. We are devastated,” said Rhiannon Haynes-Gibbs, who runs a furniture business at the complex.

Four other businesses had also been affected by the blaze, she said.

Ms Haynes-Gibbs added that people could be out of their homes for some time with electricity supplies affected in the street.

In a statement issued shortly after 12:00 BST on Sunday, South Wales Police said “a number” of residents had been allowed to return to their

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