GOWANUS OIL SPILL Junk Fire
The tanker truck that spilled thousands of gallons of oil on the border of Park Slope and Gowanus. Photo by Rose Adams
COURIER L 18 IFE, OCT. 11-17, 2019
BY KEVIN DUGGAN
A massive junk yard fi re fi lled
the skies above Flatlands with
smoke Wednesday evening.
The inferno that engulfed multiple
cars at the Preston Court scrap
yard between Ralph Avenue and E.
56th Street sparked at around 5:08
pm, and 12 fi re engines manned by
60 of New York’s Bravest rushed to
the scene, according to an FDNY
Smoke eaters wrestled with the
fi re for more than two hours, sounding
the all clear at 7:25 pm, fi refi ghters
There were no injuries as a result
of the blaze, the cause of which is being
investigated by fi re marshals
with the New York City Bureau of
Fire Investigation, according to the
fi re spokesman.
BY ROSE ADAMS
A tanker truck spilled thousands of gallons
of gasolin onto Warren Street and
Fourth Avenue after smashing into a cement
barrier Saturday afternoon.
“Oil started spilling out like crazy,”
said Troy Gilberti, who saw the incident
while he was walking with his daughter,
Faith. “It was like a waterfall.”
The truck was turning from Fourth Avenue
onto Warren Street at around noon
when it clipped a cement divider, which
punctured the truck’s tank, according
Tankers of that size hold a maximum
3,000 gallons of gasoline, and a fi refi
ghter at the scene claimed the rupture
had nearly emptied it.
More than a 60 fi refi ghters and hazardous
materials experts responded to
the scene, closing off the surrounding
blocks and using vacuums to collect the
spill off the street, although some of it
cascaded into nearby sewers.
The incident caused no injuries, according
to a fi refi ghter.
A spokesman for the Department
of Environmental Protection, Edward
Timbers, claimed that the spill made
its way into nearby man holes and an
adjacent construction site, and that the
trucking company hired an environmental
cleanup company to cleanup the
None of the oil made its way into the
Gowanus Canal, Timbers said.
A blaze engulfs a Preston Court junkyard.
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