April 24, 2014

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Cleanup crews on the scene of fuel spill in Lorain

LORAIN — Cleanup crews are on the scene of a fuel oil spill at a West Erie Avenue home in Lorain.

A large fuel tank at a trailer home at 3819 West Erie has leaked an unknown amount of fuel oil, according to Assistant Fire Chief Gary Burls.

There are multiple fuel tanks on the property, and it is unknown whether others have leaked.

Burls said the spill could be anywhere from tens of gallons of fuel to hundreds of gallons of fuel.

The occupant of the home didn’t seem to be around, and it was unclear what caused the leak. The leak was reported by a resident of a nearby apartment building who noticed the stain caused by the leak.

Officials said the leak poses no danger to those nearby because fuel oil is not particularly combustible. The leak has not made its way to any waterways, either.

The Lorain Fire Department and Lorain County Emergency Management Agency are on the scene, and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency is en route.

Crews expect the spill to require extensive cleanup, possibly to include moving the trailer home.