Sharon DeWitt, emergency measures coordinator for the nearby community of Plaster Rock, said it's unclear how big the fire is or whether anyone was hurt in Tuesday's incident.
"To the best of our knowledge, only a few cars are involved and we are not exactly sure what those cars are carrying," she said in an interview. "We have evacuated homes in the immediate area."
A spokeswoman for Ambulance New Brunswick said no casualties were transported from the site.
Canadian National Railway spokesman Jim Feeny confirmed the eastbound train was carrying dangerous goods, including crude oil and propane.
"Some of those cars are in the area of the derailment," he said. "Whether they have derailed or are on fire, I do not have confirmation of that."
Feeny said the regularly scheduled freight train was headed to Moncton from Central Canada when it ran into trouble around 7 p.m. about 150 kilometers (93 miles) northwest of Fredericton in northwest New Brunswick.More...