The Asheville Fire Department said crews have patched above ground fuel tank leak that leaked into the French Broad River on Sunday.

According to the Asheville Fire Department, a 10,000 gallon tank is leaking kerosene through two small holes.

The fire department said the kerosene leaked into a storm drain and into the French Broad River, and then downstream to Ledges Park. EPA is driving up to assist with the clean up.

On Monday firefighters said they had applied a magnetic patch to the leaking holes.They also placed booms in the French Broad River at two locations to collect the spill.

They believe approximately 4,000 gallons of K1 kerosene leaked from the 10,000 gallon tank.

Landon Davidson with NC DEQ Water Resources said the leak was caused by a tank failure, and the leak went into a storm drain into the river. Residents can expect to see a sheen on the water for the next several days.


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