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Fuel leaks into Cedar Rapids sewer, creek


CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL)--  Fuel was found to be leaking into the Vinton Creek in Cedar Rapids Friday morning. 

Fire crews were called to Guppy's On-The-Go on Edgewood Road Northwest after employees smelled a strong odor of fuel around 9 a.m. Fire crews found the fuel flowing through the sewer system from east of Guppy's Car Wash to the north.

The hazardous materials team took samples of the fuel and say it's most likely heating oil or diesel fuel. It likely originated from a property 3215 Edgewood Road Northwest, where demolition was taking place. The Fire Marshal's Office confirms there were two 300-gallon above ground storage tanks with heating oil at that property, owned by Baker Greenhouses, LLC.

Crews used absorbent pads and brooms to try to contain the leak. Fuel was also abstracted from the storm sewer drain to prevent further contamination.

No evacuations took place. No one was injured. It's not yet known how much fuel actually spilled into the creek or drain.


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