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Thousands remain in shelters after Cincinnati train derails

Residents of Maryville, TN take shelter at an area school. (CNN/WATE) Residents of Maryville, TN take shelter at an area school. (CNN/WATE)
KNOXVILLE, TN (FOX19) -

It could be Saturday before more than 5,000 residents can return home after they were forced to evacuate when a CSX freight train from Cincinnati derailed and caught fire near Knoxville, Tennessee Thursday.

One car holding a highly flammable and toxic gas called acrylonitrile erupted into flames, officials have said. The flammable substance presents an inhalation risk.

Residents within a 1-mile radius were forced to take shelter in a high school and shopping mall. The American Red Cross and CSX are assisting.

The train was headed to Waycross, Georgia.

Evacuation orders could be lifted over the holiday weekend.

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