HazMat crews wait all night for absorbent to soak up spilled diesel

A Los Angeles County Fire Department truck moves quickly to scene. Katharine Lotze/The Signal
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More than half a dozen hazardous materials units responded to reports of a fuel spill in Canyon Country only to end up babysitting 10 gallons of spilled diesel for 12 hours as they waited for material to soak it up.

Shortly after 9:30 p.m. Thursday, officials with the Los Angeles County Fire Department received reports of a truck leaking diesel fuel in the parking lot of Walgreens on Soledad Canyon Road at Whites Canyon Road.

At least six HazMat units and two health HazMat units with Fire Battalion 22 responded to the call and contained the about 10 spilled gallons of diesel fuel, Fire Department Supervisor Melanie Flores said.

“This was a call to the Walgreens, for a diesel fuel leaking from a truck,” she said. “It was 10 gallons of fuel in the parking lot.”

The spilled fuel was contained to the parking lot and did not  seep into storm drains, Flores said, or find its way into the Santa Clara River – a distance of less than one football field away.

“HazMat units were on the scene waiting for absorbent material,” she said. “They waited for several hours.”

Crews were still on the scene at 8 a.m. Friday, Flores said.

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