No Injuries Reported Following Gas Spill in Thomasville

By: Caroline Gonzmart Email
By: Caroline Gonzmart Email

Emergency workers were called to Flash Foods around ten o'clock this morning for a reported gas spill.

No one was injured during the spill where puddles of the hazardous liquid had collected.

Officials say rains earlier in the morning made containing the toxic chemical difficult, but the clean-up was completed without any of the liquid spreading to a nearby creek.

Battalion Chief Allen Powell was on duty and responded when the call went out. Powell says his crew's main concern was getting the hazardous material contained as quickly as possible.

Says Powell, "Just from our point of view, we have to make sure whatever was spilled is taken care of, taken up, and everybody is safe."

Crews say the spill happened when a customer left their vehicle unattended while pumping gas, and the tank overflowed.

Firefighters say a gas-water mixture spreads much more quickly than gas alone.

They say one gallon of gasoline mixed with one gallon of water will create about five gallons' worth of coverage.


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  • by Anonymous on Feb 26, 2011 at 11:23 AM
    Can someone explain the science behind 1 gallon of gas plus 1 gallon of water equals 5 gallons of coverage? Don't tell me that the gas is lighter and will stay on top of the water. This just explains the density, not the 1 plus 1 equals 5 thing.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 25, 2011 at 08:47 PM
    x inspector, I don't think anyone should trust the nozzle and just walk off and leave the gas pumpimg.
  • by Former Teacher Location: Pinetree Blvd on Feb 25, 2011 at 06:06 PM
    It is obvious that this spill is the fault of Dr. Quigg. It has been reported that she dresses fashionably, loves her children, and puts her family first. This was enough evidence to remove her so surely she must be just as responsible for the gas spill.
  • by me Location: thomasville on Feb 25, 2011 at 03:01 PM
    it says do not leave pump unattended... its is the vehicle owners fault and they should be held responsible.
  • by x inspector Location: Thomas county on Feb 25, 2011 at 01:50 PM
    The nozzles when working properly will cut off when full. Sounds like a maintence issue. store should written up or fined for not checking pumps.
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