Jet fuel leak prompts evacuation of Chesapeake neighborhood

Jet fuel leak prompts evacuation of Chesapeake neighborhood, Jan. 22, 2016. (WAVY/Rico Bush)

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) — A jet fuel leak in the 500 block of Hill Street is now contained, according to fire officials.

The call came in just before 7 a.m. about a tank leaking JP5, which is jet fuel. The scene is at the Kinder Morgan Terminals. According to Capt. Scott Saunders the tank is leaking from the top but did not leak much.

As a precaution, he said they evacuated the neighborhood, which is approximately 70 homes. The evacuation was lifted at 11:45 a.m.

Residents who didn’t have a place to go received shelter at the South Norfolk Recreation Center on Godwin Avenue.

There are no injuries reported, although one person who is bedridden had to be removed from the home by ambulance.

This impacted traffic in the area for several hours. Police blocked entry to Rosemont Avenue, which leads to Hill Street.

Kinder Morgan drained the liquid from the tank and moved it to another one.

This same neighborhood was evacuated in November 2008 when Allied Terminals experienced a catastrophic tank collapse. A 2 million gallon fertilizer tank failed injuring two workers and partially flooding the neighborhood. 2008 Investigation Report

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