Just before 4.00am Monday morning (22 May), Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) Forestville and Willoughby Stations were called to a report of a fuel spill at the Metro Petroleum station at Warringah Road, Forestville, near Cook Street.
Only metres from the specialist hazmat station at Cook Street, Forestville, firefighters found a bulk fuel tanker had been filling underground tanks, and an overflow had occurred, spilling a quantity of E10 fuel estimated to be at least 500L (litres), which had flowed onto Warringah Road.
Given the large quantity of escaping fuel, an additional FRNSW heavy hazmat response unit from Chester Hill was called to assist. They were able to recover between 150-200L of fuel into hazmat containment bins.
Concerned that fuel had escaped into stormwater drains, booms were put in place, and an aerial surveillance unit was called in, for a FRNSW drone to conduct a survey of local waterways that fuel may have escaped into.
Atmospheric monitoring was conducted on stormwater drains in the vicinity to determine any risk of ignition of fuel vapour. Drains on the southern side of Warringah Road were given an all clear, but reports began to come in of a fuel smell from residents on the northern side of Warringah Road, particularly along Brown Street.