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Residents return to homes after gas leak prompted evacuation

Posted: June 30, 2014 - 2:05pm  |  Updated: June 30, 2014 - 2:13pm
Columbia County Fire Rescue firefighters check underground fuel tanks after a fuel tanker hot a pole and leaked 1,200 gallons of gasoline at at Evans Circle K station early Monday.  Photo By Valerie Rowell
Photo By Valerie Rowell
Columbia County Fire Rescue firefighters check underground fuel tanks after a fuel tanker hot a pole and leaked 1,200 gallons of gasoline at at Evans Circle K station early Monday.

 

Residents of an Evans neighborhood have been cleared to return to their homes after a fuel tanker trunk leaked gasoline prompting a precautionary evacuation early Monday.

Several businesses and residents of Faircloth Commons were evacuated early Monday after a fuel tanker truck hit a pole and leaked more than 1,000 gallons of gasoline.

At about 6:30 a.m., the driver of a fuel tanker truck drove into the parking lot of the Circle K station on Washington Road at Faircloth Drive in Evans. He tried to maneuver the truck around a large support pole for a raised billboard, but raked the side of the tanker on the pole, according to Columbia County Fire Rescue Batt. Chief Danny Kuhlmann.

The pole gouged a 1-foot-by-6-inch hole in the side of the tanker and punctured one of the tanker’s 1,500-gallon fuel compartments, Kuhlmann said. About 1,200 gallons of gasoline leaked out onto the ground.

Firefighters and the Columbia County Hazardous Materials Team contained the spill using sand in the parking lot and containment equipment in a retention pond where the fuel flowed behind the store. The fuel did not seep into area waterways, Kuhlmann said.

Faircloth Commons, a patio home community on Faircloth Drive, was evacuated as a precaution along with the Circle K, Evans Diner, and Jiffy Lube. Faircloth Drive was temporarily closed.

A recovery tanker truck off-loaded the remaining fuel in the tanker.

A private clean-up crew responded to decontaminate the scene.

Washington Road traffic is back to normal as crews coordinate with Environment Protection Agency personnel for the clean-up.

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