Hazmat Spill in Rifle

By: Jessica Zartler Email
By: Jessica Zartler Email

Crews on the scene of a hazmat spill on Colorado Highway 13 in Rifle have evacuated ten to 12 businesses. They say streets in the area of Railroad Avenue will be closed for the next four to six hours.

The Grand Junction Fire Department, Rifle Police Department and Rifle Fire Department responded to the spill just after 10am.

The Rifle Fire Department says a truck cut a corner too close and rolled over, spilling 3,000 to 4,000 gallons of brown liquid.

They've identified the liquid as condensate, an oil-based, gasoline like product. Crews say the chemical is flammable but does not pose any immediate threat to people in the area. Firefighters tell 11 News they evacuated up to a dozen businesses in the area as a precaution.

The Rife Fire Deparment says some of the condensate spilled into a storm drain that flows to a nearby creek, but cannot confirm or deny that the condensate actually made it into the water or what impact that could have.

We have a crew on scene and will bring you more information as soon as it becomes available.

Stay tuned to 11 News at 5:30pm and 10pm and keep logging onto www.nbc11news.com for the latest on this developing story.


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  • by Anonymous on Mar 5, 2009 at 08:20 PM
    Why would the Grand Junction fire Department respond to a spill in Rifle You Are Idiots
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