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REGINA — A local state of emergency remains in effect in the Spy Hill area of Saskatchewan following a major train derailment that sent flames skyward and forced several families from their homes.
As of Monday morning, 10 households evacuated shortly after Saturday's derailment were still unable to return to their homes while a safety perimeter around the area remained in effect.
Meanwhile, local firefighters from Spy Hill and the surrounding area continued to tackle the burning rail cars.
CN Rail spokesman Kevin Franchuk said that while the fire was still burning this morning, headway is being made.
"The smoke has been significantly reduced," he said.
He said it's still unclear exactly how many of the 36 cars involved in the derailment had caught fire. While originally 10 propane tankers were involved, only two were still spewing flames Monday morning. Other cars that were involved in the fire were carrying plastic pellets and benzine, another petroleum-based product.
The province has sent officials with the fire commissioner's office and the environment ministry to lend assistance and monitor the situation.
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