News out of Newport, New Hampshire where an oil spill at a local elementary school Sunday resulted in the loss of more than 500 gallons of heating fuel. Authorities say a broken pump at the Richards Elementary School forced fuel out of an overflow tank outside the school’s mechanical room.
When crews from the Newport Fire Department arrived at the School Street school shortly after 2 p.m., they found oil flowing into the parking lot and down a drain leading to a Sunapee Street retention pond.
Multiple hazmat units assisted firefighters on the scene, and remained at the school well after sunset. Authorities estimate between five-and-six hundred gallons of oil was lost in the spill, ending up in the pond located a short distance from the school’s playground.
No homes were evacuated as a result of the spill, and the school was open for normal operation this morning.