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Residents Allowed Back Home Following Evacuation Caused by Fuel Spill

Posted April 5, 2008
Updated April 6, 2008

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— Residents of 12 homes evacuated early Saturday following a fuel spill along U.S. Highway 70 have been allowed back into their homes, authorities said.

The fuel spill began from an above-ground gas tank at an old Citgo gas station near the intersection of U.S. 70 and Durham Street shortly before noon.

It appears the tank had filled with water, creating a sludge-like mixture of water and fuel, fire officials said. That mixture flowed down Durham Street, and hazardous-materials teams and firefighter used foam to contain it.

A building beside the station burned down a couple years ago, and the gas station has been vacant since.

Officials could not determine the amount of fuel that leaked since it was a water/residual fuel mix.

Emergency management crews are working with the property owner to figure out clean-up costs.

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