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The Danville Fire Department and the Danville Regional Hazardous Materials Response Team have contained a gas spill that occurred at a service station located at 642 Worsham St.
The fire department and the hazardous materials team responded after a call was received at 8:01 p.m. reporting the gas spill. Battalion Chief F. D. Fowler said the station was under renovation. The incident occurred when a valve malfunctioned as the gas pumps were being placed in service.
The malfunction resulted in a gas spray. An estimated 300 to 500 gallons of gasoline spilled on the ground. The spill on the ground is contained.
Gasoline also entered the storm drainage system, which flows to a nearby creek. The flow of gasoline has been stopped at the edge of the creek. An undetermined amount of gasoline entered the creek, which leads to the Dan River.
A cleanup contractor is in route to Danville. Wastewater treatment plant workers in Danville and South Boston have been notified. The plants are located downstream of the spill.
State officials also have been notified.
The fire department and hazardous materials team are monitoring air quality due to the gas smell in the neighborhood.