FD: Ethanol leak at Phoenix rail yard

PHOENIX - Crews finished emptying a tanker car that had been leaking flammable ethanol alcohol in a railroad yard near downtown Phoenix.

Pumping of the estimated 10,000 to 15,000 gallons remaining in the 30,000-gallon tanker into tank trucks began about eight hours after the leak was discovered early Friday morning.

Deputy Fire Chief Chris Ketterer said about 10,000 gallons leaked, and 20,000 gallons were recovered.

Fire officials decided to move and then empty the car after efforts to slow or stop the leak.

An engine pushed a string of freight cars that included the tanker down the tracks within the yard so the unloading could be done away from ground saturated with ethanol.

Firefighters sprayed foam around the tanker to smother any fire.

Ketterer said the tanker was not pressured and wouldn't explode if the ethanol caught fire.

The scene was stable with no injuries around 3:30 p.m.

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