Fuel warn­ing af­ter leak sparks alarm

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LIGHTS were flash­ing on Churchill St last Thurs­day af­ter­noon as fire crews at­tended re­ports of a fuel leak on the road.

Act­ing Childers fire cap­tain Tim Bunn said it was a mi­nor in­ci­dent and the fuel was con­tained and cleaned up.

“The fire ser­vice were pro­vided in­for­ma­tion from the gen­eral pub­lic of a fuel leak,” he said.

The source of the leak was traced back to the fuel tank of a four-wheel drive ve­hi­cle that had been filled mo­ments ear­lier.

Mr Bunn said the car was re­moved from the scene and in­spected by a me­chanic, who de­tected a fault in the fuel tank sys­tem of the ve­hi­cle.

“Be­ing a mi­nor in­ci­dent and no harm was caused, it’s a re­minder not to over-fill your fuel tank,” Mr Bunn said.

“It is an easy mis­take to make and many of us are guilty one time or an­other for do­ing the same.”

He said fuel was com­bustible and fric­tion could cause it to ig­nite, so it was im­por­tant all fuel spills were con­tained and cleaned up so they didn’t have long-last­ing ef­fects on the en­vi­ron­ment and pub­lic safety.

Mr Bunn said lo­cal fire­fight­ers had been busy in the past few weeks as the re­gion had seen an in­crease in house fires, which was con­cern­ing in the lead-up to win­ter.

He said the fire ser­vice was urg­ing lo­cals to check all heaters and elec­tric blan­kets be­fore turn­ing them on.

“Over the com­ing weeks, the fire ser­vice will be pro­vid­ing in­for­ma­tion and use­ful tips to get ready for win­ter.

“We will cover smoke de­tec­tors, fire blan­kets and what to do in an emer­gency,” Mr Bunn said.

“Re­mem­ber to al­ways call 000 and en­sure your home has an emer­gency plan,” he said.

Tim Bunn, Childers fire­fighter No harm was cause (but) it’s a re­minder not to over-fill your fuel tank.

PHOTO: JODIE DIXON BIT100516FIRE

CLEAN SWEEP: Queens­land Fire Ser­vice Mop­ping up af­ter a mi­nor fuel leak on Churchill St Childers.

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