Residents Allowed Back Home Following Evacuation Caused by Fuel Spill
Posted April 5, 2008 12:44 p.m. EDT
Updated April 6, 2008 6:49 a.m. EDT
Clayton, N.C. — 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.