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Fire Department Responds to Leaking Fuel Tanker on Corn Products Road

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CORPUS CHRISTI (Kiii News) -

The Corpus Christi Fire Department responded to reports of a leaking fuel tanker at a business in the 800 block of Corn Products Road just after 8 a.m. Thursday.

According to CCFD Captain James Brown, crews arrived to find that a fuel tanker that had been resting on some jack stands had fallen, causing one of the jack stands to puncture the tank. A combination of diesel fuel and gasoline leaked out of the tank.

The owners of the business, Coastal Transport, said the tanker contained about 3,000 gallons of fuel.

"Once we assessed the scene and started developing a plan of what we were going to do, it was basically monitor the air, make sure there wasn't any explosive conditions anywhere close by, and try to contain the leaking fuel within the property and put down some foam to kind of suppress the vapors," Captain Brown said.

The company immediately got to work transferring the fuel from the punctured tanker to another tanker. Upon completion, the cleanup process would be left in the hands of Coastal Transport.

Captain Brown said surrounding businesses were notified and advised not to do anything that could produce a spark, just as a precaution. He added that the winds were helping to disperse vapors from the fuel, and foam was also sprayed on the fuel to help contain those flammable vapors.

No injuries were reported in the incident.