A train with hazardous chemicals (Acrylonitrile, a flammable and poisonous liquid) caught fire in Blount County. The incident occurred at Clydesdale Street, just off of Hwy 321 near Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson.

Thousands of people have been evacuated from a mile wide area surrounding the fire. Evacuations include Denso, Atchley Apts., Stone Tree Apts., and many more. There are also road closures in the area, Mt. Tabor Road, Hwy 321 at William Blount Drive, Foothills Mall Drive, and more. The evacuations could last 24-48 hours.

The Red Cross has set up a shelter at Heritage High School for those people who have nowhere to go. However, pets are not allowed at the shelter.

It is being reported that "animals can be dropped off at the Blount County Animal Shelter at 233 Curie Avenue in Maryville. According to Don Stallions, the Director of General Services, people cannot stay at the [animal] shelter. The Blount County Animal Shelter will feed and take care of pets."

UPDATE: More business and road closures.

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For people in Blount County

For people in Blount County that don't have landlines and did not get calls regarding the problem (like us), they can sign up for the "Blount County Citizen Alert” system.

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According to the website, people do not need a landline to get alerts IF they sign up.

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