Fountain Hills residents concerned about gas spill

FOUNTAIN HILLS, AZ - An entire neighborhood is wondering about the safety of their community after a fuel spill in Fountain Hills.

It happened near Shea Boulevard and the Beeline Highway.

ABC15 first reported it Sunday. And, people living nearby say they're still in the dark about the true impact.

John Sorani owns a business between the Circle K and McDonald's. He says when he came to check on his restaurant, he saw emergency crews and law enforcement blocking off many of the roads.

According to officials a tanker truck owned by United Petroleum Transports hit a door to the dumpster and that's when 2,300 gallons of gasoline spilled onto the street.

Sorani says, "It was like water, rain water," coming down after the spill.

He says he immediately noticed the strong smell of gasoline in the air which still lingers.

"You smell that? That's all the gasoline," he says.

Crews are expected to continue working on the clean up during the week.

Sorani is just grateful that things didn't get worse. "You put a cigarette down and boom! It's gone plus we have a propane tank out there…we just got lucky," he says.  

ABC15 reached out to the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) about the environmental impact of the spill. They said they aren't sure yet but hope to have answers soon.

Stay with abc15.com and ABC15 Mobile for updates.

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