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November 23, 2011 at 8:19 PM

Officials responding to gas spill in downtown Seattle

State officials are responding to a gasoline spill in downtown Seattle, although they don’t know how much gas leaked or how it happened.

The gasoline apparently came from an underground storage tank at a former gas station on 9th Avenue and Madison Street, said Curt Hart, a spokesman for the state department of ecology. It got into the storm drain and is moving toward the south end of Lake Union.

“With all the rains we’ve been having, something has happened,” Hart said. “The tank got breached in some way and leaked into the Seattle Public Utilities storm drain and mixed with drainage.

“We don’t know how much gasoline was in the tank, don’t know how it escaped and how it got into the drain,” he added.

Seattle Public Utilities, which operates the storm drains, reported the issue to the Department of Ecology at about 4 p.m.

Officials don’t think the spill will compromise public safety in any way, Hart said. More will be known in the morning, he added.

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