When firefighters arrived, they learned that approximately 500 gallons of fuel had already leaked from the tanker truck, and they called for assistance from DNREC and the Belvedere Fire Company's hazardous materials unit.
A gasoline spill from a tanker truck today, April 20, at the Port of Wilmington was contained without any of the fuel reaching storm drains, according to a press release from the Wilmington Fire Department.
Shortly before 9 a.m., Wilmington firefighters on the "A" platoon were alerted to a large fuel spill at the Port of Wilmington.
As units were responding, an updated report was received stating approximately 500 to 1,000 gallons of gasoline was spilling from an 8,500-gallon tractor trailer tanker truck that was involved in a minor collision.
When firefighters arrived, the report was confirmed that approximately 500 gallons of fuel had already leaked from the tanker truck.
Fire department crews deployed fire hose lines as a protective measure and began securing the area.
Additional resources were requested by the incident commander, Fire Chief Michael Donohue, bringing the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC), Belvedere Fire Company’s hazardous material response unit, and the Delaware State Fire School.
Measures were taken to secure all the leaking fuel from reaching any storm drains or environmentally sensitive areas. DNREC and Wilmington firefighters formulated a plan to mitigate the leak and secure the trailer.
Firefighters remained on the scene, assisting DNREC with the transferring of the remaining fuel.
Approximately 31 fire and EMS personnel responded to the fire.