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UPDATE: Train fire burns out, DNR testing water samples

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

Iowa DNR officers are heading to the site of Wednesday's train derailment to test water samples from the Mississippi River.

Scott Gritters of the Iowa DNR said, "People's water, huge resource, we're just laying down a monitoring plan, what's going to be sampled where, a lot of sampling has already taken place."

A spokesman from Canadian Pacific says a total of 15 cars derailed, and ethanol was released from eight of them.  The last rail car fire has burned out, although authorities couldn't give a specific time.


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A railroad spokesman says one fire is still burning where several tanker cars filled with ethanol derailed in eastern Iowa.

The cars went off the tracks at 11:20 a.m. Wednesday in a remote area about 10 miles north of Dubuque. Local authorities say three cars caught fire and three more plunged into the Mississippi River. Officials said ethanol was leaking from some of the cars.

Canadian Pacific spokesman Jeremy Berry said in an email Thursday that of the 15 cars and two engines that derailed, 14 were carrying ethanol. No injuries have been reported.

Berry didn't immediately respond to questions about track repairs, recovery efforts and any environmental fallout. An Iowa Natural Resources Department spokesman didn't immediately return a message.

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Canadian Pacific Railway Limited has confirmed a train derailment north of Dubuque.

According to a tweet from @CanadianPacific, "We are responding to 6-car derailment north of Dubuque. All safety precautions & measures being taken. No injuries reported."

The cars were carrying ethanol, and one car started on fire.

Canadian Pacific spokesman Salem Woodrow says six cars of the eastbound train derailed at around 11:20 a.m. Wednesday.

No injuries have been reported.

An Iowa Department of Natural Resources spokesman says his department also has someone going to the scene to see if there's a spill that needs attention.

KWWL's Brad Hanson was at the scene Wednesday.

Adam Amdor, Ally Crutcher, Brad Hanson, Jerry Gallagher, and the Associated Press contributed to this story.

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