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(GALENA, Ill.) — Two tanker cars belonging to the BNSF Railway train that derailed in northwest Illinois Thursday afternoon are still actively burning, according to the Galena Fire Department.

Officials say firefighters are on the scene, waiting for the fire to burn itself out.

The train, which originated from North Dakota, was carrying 103 cars loaded with crude oil when it derailed at approximately 1:20 p.m. local time in Galena, Illinois and exploded into flames.

In total, 21 of the 103 cars derailed, a BNSF spokesman said at a news conference Friday. It is believed that five rail cars were involved in the fire.

No injuries were reported.

The cause of the derailment is still not known.

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