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Belgium Train Fire, Explosions Kill 1 Near Ghent (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

05/06/2013 12:39 EDT | Updated 05/06/2013 12:39 EDT

Dramatic video footage shows a huge freight train in flames after it crashed and the toxic chemicals inside caught fire in Belgium Saturday.

The crash and fire killed one person and injured 49 after the train, which was carrying toxic chemicals, derailed and caught fire near the Belgian city of Ghent.

The train, which was travelling between the Belgian towns of Schellebelle and Wetteren around 2 a.m. local time, crashed when six of its 13 cars derailed and three caught fire, according to the BBC.

In the amateur video posted above, taken by a local man from his bedroom window, flames and plumes of smoke can be seen coming from the derailed train cars.

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Belgium Train Fire

Agence France-Presse reported that the fire caused several of the train cars to explode and a stretch of flames that spread over several hundred metres that caused authorities to evacuate more than 300 people living nearby.

Residents within a 1,000-metre radius were advised by authorities, to keep their windows closed, according to local newspaper Het Laatste Niews.

Officials were in the town of Wetteren Monday testing air quality for any toxic chemicals released by the train fire, UPI reports.

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Aerial picture taken on May 4 of an exploded freight train on a track near Schellebelle, 20 kilometres east of Ghent (BENOIT DOPPAGNE/AFP/Getty Images)