February 12, 2013

Large gas spill on Brighton Ave in Portland

By Dennis Hoey dhoey@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

PORTLAND — The Maine Department of Environmental Protection responded Tuesday after a large amount of gasoline spilled onto  one of the city’s most heavily traveled roadways.

Portland’s Deputy Fire Chief Bill Flynn said a fuel truck was making a delivery at the Brighton Avenue Xtra Mart, 865 Brighton Ave. around 3 p.m. when close to 50 gallons of fuel leaked onto the ground after the truck’s delivery hose became dislodged.

Firefighters and DEP workers placed absorbent booms and sand around street manhole covers to prevent gas from entering the city’s stormwater system.

Only one household on neighboring Dennett Street complained of a gas odor in their basement. Fire crews checked the home out to make sure it was safe.

TMC Services, an environmental cleanup firm based in New Hampshire, was expected to work into the night on Tuesday cleaning up the spill.

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