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Chemical fumes from derailed train ignite, forcing wide evacuation in Ky.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Flames from a derailed train car sent people rushing out of neighborhoods and an entire town near Louisville on Wednesday while firefighters tried to douse the chemical blaze that left three workers badly burned.

Some people forced from their homes faced a long night on cots in shelters set up after the blaze — sparked by a cutting torch that ignited leaking vapors — broke out shortly after 1 p.m.

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