SAN JOSE (CBS/BCN) – About one thousand gallons of diesel fuel have spilled from a ten-story building and into a storm drain and surrounding concrete in San Jose Saturday evening, a fire captain said.
Firefighters responded to a 5:15 p.m. call that fuel had been leaking out of an AT&T Corp. building at South Almaden Blvd., San Jose fire Captain Barry Stallard said.
On the building’s roof, arriving crews discovered an engine — meant to power the building in the event of an outage — was inexplicably leaking diesel fuel into the roof’s drain and down to the street, Stallard said.
The drain has leaked fuel into the nearby sewage system and onto a surrounding concrete recreational area where people jog.
The engine has a fuel capacity of about 100 gallons, Stallard said, but is connected to tanks in the building parking lot that hold about 50,000 gallons.
The building operates AT&T’s 911 hub, which is used to route residents’ emergency calls to local dispatchers. It also operates standard phone service.
Service has not been affected by the spill, Stallard said.
Almaden Boulevard is closed between West San Fernando and West Santa Clara streets, Stallard said.
No injuries have been reported.
Crews are continuing to respond to the incident with no estimation of when the oil will stop leaking or when the roads will be reopened.
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