A rail car hauling a flammable chemical is still burning in southwest Jefferson County following Monday's derailment and Wednesday's explosion and flash fire. But water is no longer being used on the burning car because the situation is said to be stable and the fire will be allowed to burn itself out, officials said, according to WAVE-TV. A crane is expected to be put in place at the site on Friday to begin the process of moving rail cars not hauling hazardous cargo.
But the mandatory evacuation of the area in a 1.2 mile radius of the derailment will continue. On Thursday, the shelter in place order for people within 5 miles of the derailment was lifted , the station reports.