UPDATE 3:50 p.m.: Governor Doug Burgum is authorizing the North Dakota National Guard to launch a single UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter with a 600-gallon water bucket to assist with putting out the fire, according to a Facebook post by the North Dakota National Guard.
The aircraft left Bismarck around 2:32 p.m. after a request was made by the Burlington Fire chief to assist with the fire.
In response to a request from the Burlington Fire chief to assist with a fire associated with a train derailment, Gov. Doug Burgum authorized the North Dakota National Guard to launch a single UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter with a 600-gallon water bucket to assist in fire suppression. The aircraft departed from Bismarck at 2:32 p.m. The North Dakota National Guard, always ready, always there, is dedicated to serving our communities.
ORIGINAL STORY 11:43 a.m.: Berthold Police now say there is no threat to the public anymore, and families can return to their homes now.
This after a train derailed and caught fire early this morning.
According to Burlington Northern Santa Fe, at about 1 AM Sunday, an eastbound BNSF Railway train derailed between Minot and Des Lacs and caught fire.
The derailed cars held containers carrying freight of all different materials.
Cars with hazardous materials were not derailed and have been cut from the train and moved away from the scene.
The company has been working all morning with local fire departments as they respond to a fire in containers carrying paper products and frozen foods.
There are no injuries at this time and the cause is still under investigation.