Fairfield fuel spill stops traffic temporarily

A diesel fuel spill at a Heartland grocery store prompted a temporary street closure.

It happened around 2 p.m. Wednesday at the corner of 2nd Street and Lowe Avenue in Fairfield.

A potentially hazardous situation was prevented thanks to the quick response of the city's fire and police departments.

Captain Lyle Hannes from the Fairfield Fire Department described how it happened.

"The semi was trying to back into Everybody's Whole Foods â?¦, and he didn't see the stop sign,â?? said Hannes. â??He backed over it, and when he did, it cut the fuel line where the line meets the tank. So, it broke it off. We had to get some buckets under there and stop the fuel from leaking all over the ground."

Hannes told KTVO approximately 25 to 30 gallons diesel fuel were contained by the fire department before it entered the city's drainage system.

He said an estimated 15 gallons of diesel fuel made it onto the ground.

They caught the rest in buckets.

Traffic in the area did have to be stopped for a short time while the mess was cleaned up.

No one was hurt in the incident.