August 4, 2015 Fuel Spill - AFD response details

August 5, 2015/ For Immediate Release

AIRDRIE, ALBERTA – On Tuesday, August 4, 2015 at 8:41 a.m. the Airdrie Fire Department responded to the report of an odour complaint in a house located on Windwood Grove SW.

A resident had contacted 911 to report a strong smell of gasoline in the basement of their home. Once fire crews arrived on scene they entered the residence and conducted air quality testing in the lower level. With no significant readings found inside the home, firefighters turned their attention to the area around the exterior.

Crews soon found a strong odour of gasoline coming from a manhole located on the street. It was quickly determined that unknown amount of fuel had entered the storm water system and had collected in one of the systems catch basins. The exact cause of the release remains unknown.

Actions were immediately taken by the Fire Department and Public Works to cordon off the area to vehicle traffic in order to support safe containment and removal of the spill before it could enter an adjacent natural water pond.

Assisted by an external Emergency Spill Response Team, it took approximately four hours to fully and effectively mitigate the incident which had no negative impact to the environment.

There were no injuries to report. Two pieces of apparatus and five firefighters were on scene.

The Airdrie Fire Department emphasizes the importance of safely disposing household hazardous materials.

Information regarding safe disposal of household hazardous materials can be found at


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Deputy Chief Garth Rabel
Airdrie Fire Department
403.948.8800 ext.7612


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