OTTAWA -- Several hundred gallons of diesel fuel spilled into the Blanchard River over the weekend following a fuel leak at a business in an Ottawa industrial park.
According to the Putnam County Sheriff's Office, crews with the Ottawa Fire Department were called to Ottawa Feed and Grain, located on Oak Street, at approximately 10 p.m. Saturday for an odor investigation. Officials with the Ohio EPA and Putnam County EMA determined the chemical had leaked into the Blanchard River.
Crews traced the source back to a storm sewer drain near Williamstown Road and Sugarmill Drive in the Ottawa Industrial Park and found that a diesel tank had leaked between 500 and 1,000 gallons of fuel into the storm sewer. The spread of the fuel in the river was contained.
Officials report that there is no current hazard to the general public and there was no need for evacuations.