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Dozens of railcars carrying gas derail in Russia; hundreds evacuated, no one injured


In this photo provided by the Ministry of Emergency Situations Kirov Branch press service, men are silhouetted against burning tankers early Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, near Posdino in Kirov region of Russia, some 800 km ( about 500 miles) northeast of Moscow. 32 tankers were derailed and 12 of them burned. No casualties were reported. (AP Photo/ Ministry of Emergency Situations, Kirov Branch Press Service) (The Associated Press)

Russia's Emergency Situations Ministry says several dozen railcars carrying gas have derailed and caught fire northeast of Moscow, prompting the evacuation of hundreds of local resident.

The ministry said that the accident occurred Wednesday at a railway station in the city of Kirov, about 800 kilometers (some 500 miles) northeast of Moscow, when 32 cars loaded with gas condensate derailed and caught fire. It said no one was hurt.

The ministry says the massive fire engulfed a large area around the station, forcing the evacuation of about 700 residents of several nearby apartment buildings.

Several hundred emergency workers were involved in efforts to extinguish the blaze, which has cut the traffic on the Trans-Siberian Railway.