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(FAYETTE COUNTY, W.V.) — Around 100 families in central West Virginia had to be evacuated from their homes on Monday, after a train carrying crude oil tankers derailed and caught fire.

The derailment occurred early Monday afternoon in the small community of Armstrong Creek in western Fayette County, east of the state’s capital of Charleston.

No injuries were reported, but officials are investigating whether oil from the train was leaking into the Kanawha River, according to James Bennett, 911 Coordinator in Fayette County.

Kelley Gillenwater, spokeswoman for the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, said the agency is investigating the incident.

“A CSX train had derailed in the Mount Carbon area of Fayette County, West Virginia. Some crude oil, an unknown amount, was believed to be leaking into the Kanawha River,” Gillenwater told ABC News.

Gillenwater told ABC News that area residents have been notified to conserve water after reports that the derailed train is leaking crude oil in the river.

“Two drinking water intakes along the Kanawha downstream have shut down their water intakes as a precaution,” she said.

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