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Environmental Cleanup Needed After Fire Sends Oil Into Watershed
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.