Thieves spill 500 gallons of oil into Suffolk stream

Photo by city of Suffolk
Photo by city of Suffolk

SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Police and fire crews responded to a fuel spill at a Suffolk church Wednesday evening.

An employee of Apostolic Assembly on Nansemond Parkway called Emergency Communications just after 6 p.m. and reported fuel leaking from a tank on the church property, according to Diana Klink with the City of Suffolk.

When crews arrived about 10 minutes later, they determined the lines had been cut on two, 275-gallon, heating oil fuel tanks. A small amount of the fuel was stolen and the thieves spilled about 500 gallons of oil onto the ground, which ran into a nearby swamp and stream, which is a tributary to Bennett’s Creek.

“Firefighters were able to dyke the spill to keep it from spreading further, and the property owner has contacted a hazmat clean-up company to handle the spill,” Klink said.

The Virginia Department of Emergency Management also responded.

The investigation into the incident is ongoing.

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