A gasoline leak from a service station at Huron Parkway and Washtenaw Avenue spilled fuel into Malletts Creek Saturday morning, bringing out the Ann Arbor Fire Department’s hazardous materials unit to contain the spill.
Acting battalion Chief Amy Brow said the spill was large but “it was hard to estimate” the exact volume.
The department’s haz-mat unit placed booms in the creek to keep the fuel from flowing downstream to the Huron River. Personnel from the City of Ann Arbor’s Emergency Operations Center worked with the fire department to mitigate the situation, Brow said.
The city used a big vacuum machine to draw the fuel from the creek. Two fire engines were on the scene from about 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Rain that fell through the late morning helped to suppress the danger of fire.
Brow couldn’t say what caused the leak, and an employee answering the phone at East Ann Arbor Shell, 3240 Washtenaw Avenue, had no further information.