VAN WERT, Oh. (WANE) – Officials in Van Wert said 500-1,000 gallons of fuel leaked into the ground from a gas station in the Ohio city.
The odor of a chemical substance was reported late Sunday in the area of South Washington Street and Central Avenue. The small was then tracked to a town creek, where a visible petroleum slick was spotted in the water, according to the Van Wert County Police Department.
Officials said Sunday that the potential source was believed to have come from the 700 block of East Main Street. On Monday, then, Van Wert Fire Chief Jim Steele said a gasoline leak was discovered at the Short Stop gas station at 714 E Main St.
Steele told NewsChannel 15 that there was a leak in a gas pipe between the tank and a pump which spewed gas when a customer would pump gas. The chief said 500-1,000 gallons of fuel leaked into the ground.
Steele said the rain over the weekend helped wash the gas into the sewer, and then it ended up in the creek.
The EPA has been notified and was called to the location. Steele said the scene has been stabilized and crews are working to clean the contaminated area. He said the sewer lines have been flushed and are safe and there is no other threat.
The Short Stop gas station is closed until the area is cleaned up and the pipe is repaired, Steele said. East Central Avenue is also closed from South Washington Street, east to the intersection of South Race Street, along with East Main Street from South Harrison Street east to South Chestnut Street. The Van Wert City Police Department asked all residents to stay off the noted closed roadways until barricades have been removed.
No one was injured.