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A fire from a train derailment burns uncontrollably as seem from a mile away Monday, Dec. 30, 2013, west of Casselton, N.D. Michael Vosburg /

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By Amy Dalrymple

CASSELTON, N.D. -- Casselton Mayor Ed McConnell was a quarter-mile away from the blaze that erupted after Monday’s train collision and could feel the heat through the windows of his vehicle.

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He was surprised by the size of the fireball that burst from BNSF railcars carrying crude oil from western North Dakota. The train carrying oil struck a derailed car filled with soybeans just west of Casselton.

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