Fuel Tank Floats Into Yard

Sheridan Fire-Rescue/EMT Larry Grooms looks at the fuel tank next to a home in the 2000 block of Dana Avenue.  (Courtesy Photo)
Sheridan Fire-Rescue/EMT Larry Grooms looks at the fuel tank next to a home in the 2000 block of Dana Avenue. (Courtesy Photo)

Sheridan Fire Marshall Brian Songer issued a media release indicating that Sheridan Fire-Rescue {SFR} responded with the Hazardous Material Response Vehicle, Haz-Mat 1, to the 2000 block of Dana Avenue Wednesday morning for mutual aid at the request of the Goose Valley Volunteer Fire Department.

The flooding in Downer Addition on Tuesday brought a large gasoline storage tank from somewhere upstream into the yard of Jacob Dunham at 2046 Dana Avenue. Songer reports that Mr. Dunham had been evacuated the night before, and returned Wednesday morning to find the tank leaking fuel onto his property.

Dunham was able to maneuver the tank to prevent further fuel loss, but the tank leaked an unknown amount of fuel near his home; some had already flooded his basement.

SFR found the basement to have approximately eighteen inches of water. Air monitoring equipment showed there were gas fumes within the structure. As a precaution, Dunham had already shut down the water heater in the basement, and sump pumps were used to discharge the water from the area.

Songer indicates that positive pressure ventilation was also used to clear fumes from the home, and an absorbent boom was placed at the sump pump discharge to recover any gasoline pumped from the structure.

Goose Valley Volunteer Fire Department remained on scene until the home was safe to occupy. Songer says that the owner of the tank and its original location are not known at this time.

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