Firefighters Help Contain Fuel Spill

Wednesday, February 22, 2012 - 5:43am

City of Madison firefighters worked with personnel from the city's Engineering Division and Streets Division to prevent a diesel fuel spill from spreading into the storm sewer system this morning. Engine 3 was called to the intersection of Helena Street and Russell Street for the spill at 8:42 am.

When firefighters arrived, they learned that a rock had punctured the fuel tank of a semi truck and about 150 gallons of diesel fuel leaked out of the tank. Most of the fuel ran into a nearby storm sewer drain and collected in a catch basin across the street. Absorbent material was used to absorb the fuel that leaked onto the street and stop additional fuel from entering the storm drain.

Vacuum trucks from the Engineering Division were used to suck the fuel out of the catch basin and sewer pipes attached to it. This prevented the fuel from traveling through the storm sewers and into the waterways.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources was notified of the spill and responded to the scene. The trucking company is responsible for cleanup costs.

No injuries were reported at this incident.

  • Eric Dahl, 608-261-9845