Fuel spillage draws fireys into action



A NORTH Rockhampton fuel spillage sparked Rockhampton emergency service crews into action early yesterday.

Police closed a small section of Thozet Road, between Elphinstone and Dunbar streets, for about one hour, while firefighters, the Environmental Protection Agency and Rockhampton council officers investigated a smell of fuel coming from drains in the area.

Firefighters used special gas monitoring equipment to ensure there was no chance of an explosion, before flushing "copious amounts of water'' down the drains.

Nearby resident Robert Anderson said he could smell the fuel from at least one block away.

"It's very strong,'' Mr Anderson, who was walking to a Thozet Road shop to pick up his Morning Bulletin, said.

"I live one block away and I smelt it when I got up this morning about 6am.

"It smells like kerosene.''

Queensland Fire Service Rockhampton station officer Neil Francis said it took firefighters about two hours to alleviate the smell, which was completed shortly after 8am.

"We flushed copious amounts of water down the drains for about 20 minutes,'' Mr Francis said.



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