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Snow storm hinders Henrico HAZMAT call

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HENRICO, VA (WWBT) -

Weather may be to blame for a Hazmat Situation that kept Henrico Fire Crews busy Thursday night. Crews worked for more than 3 hours trying to stop a residential oil leak along Dakar Drive and Seven Pines Avenue. The focus now turns to cleanup efforts.

"I heard this big thump. The windows rattled," said homeowner Ron Meade. "I went out the back door and looked. I thought maybe a tree had fallen over."

It turns out, Meade's residential oil tank tipped over. Fire crews think the saturated ground may be to blame.

"And the bad part of it is," said Meade. "I just got it filled up day before yesterday."

Fire crews believe more than 250 gallons of oil leaked from the 450 gallon tank.

"If that fuel oil goes down into the creek," said Battalion Chief Douglas Reynolds. "It goes down into the Chickahominy River. We certainly don't want any of that to happen. Some of these areas may possibly still have wells."

The environmental concern was only heightened by the weather conditions. Meanwhile, Mr. Meade will be spending the night without heat, and he's now out of more than $450 in oil.

"Ain't no reason to cry over spilled oil," said Meade.

Crews were able to stop the leak. A private contractor will finish the cleanup.

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