Environmental Cleanup Needed After Fire Sends Oil Into Watershed

An OHIO EPA spokeswoman says a nearby creek was running "orange-red" after the fire.(Photo: Ohio EPA)
An OHIO EPA spokeswoman says a nearby creek was running "orange-red" after the fire.(Photo: Ohio EPA)

Authorities say more environmental cleanup will be needed after a fire at a western Ohio fuel distributing company created thick black smoke and left officials monitoring oil that spilled into a nearby tributary of a creek.

An Ohio Environmental Protection Agency spokeswoman says the water was “running orange-red.”

Fire officials say they used vacuum equipment and other methods to help remove the contaminants and contain them within a quarter-mile downstream.

Officials are investigating the exact cause of the fire at R.D. Holder Oil Co., which supplies fuel, heating oil, and heavy lubricants. They say the fire ignited while a truck was being loaded Thursday morning, and the blaze spread quickly to a warehouse.

No serious injuries were reported. More than 50 agencies responded to the scene.

Comments