WILLARD -- Mid-afternoon Thursday, city officials say all residents can return to their homes except those on Pleasant Street, the closest to the railyard where the chemical spill occurred. That means 370 families have returned home.
CSX crews worked through the night. Ohio EPA testing shows only minor traces of the chemical styrene in the area now.
CSX employees and safety forces escorted the evacuees back to their homes.
CSX sponsored a community dinner at the high school from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Thanksgiving for all of the evacuees. Gov. John Kasich also stopped by the high school just after 1 p.m. to talk with officials and also visit with those at the community dinner.
Pleasant Street residents can get food at Uncle Dudley's and Country KItchen Thursday night and Friday and CSX will pick up their food bill.
About 400 households in the city and 25 households outside the city were evacuated Wednesday due to a chemical spill from a CSX railroad car.
Late Wednesday, city leaders and safety forces said evacuees had to remain out of their homes until Thursday. They were sheltered at Willard High School and have also been sent to hotel rooms locally and as far away as Tiffin and Sandusky.
Household pets were taken to local shelters and local veterinarians.
No one has been reported to be injured.
It happened in the Willard rail yard around 11:42 p.m. Tuesday and was contained at 3:20 a.m. Wednesday morning.
CSX official Rusty Orben confirmed that the tanker that leaked is model DOT-111 -- containing highly flammable liquid -- developed a significant hole and that the liquid was pouring out of the tanks.
A CSX spokesperson told WKYC that the incident happened when the rail car was switching tracks. The rail car was carrying 25,000 gallons of the chemical and about 12,500 gallons leaked out..
That liquid is "styrene monomer," which is a highly flammable substance. It is commonly used in packing materials.
Willard Public Safety and CSX clean-up crews remain on the scene, along with the Ohio EPA and the U.S. EPA.