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Dublin residents back in their homes after evacuation due to fuel spill

25 homes on Frederiksen Lane ordered to vacate when leak sends 2,500 gallons into nearby storm drain

Dublin residents were able to return home yesterday morning after an evacuation was ordered because a crash Friday caused nearly 2,600 gallons of fuel to spill, and some into a storm drain leading to the San Ramon Creek, fire officials said.

About 25 homes on Frederiksen Lane were evacuated Friday morning and eight additional homes were later evacuated on Brighton Drive, San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District

spokeswoman Kim French said. The evacuation order was lifted around 10 a.m. Saturday.

Public safety officials are asking residents to keep windows facing the creek closed for a day and to avoid extended periods of time near the water.

They should also avoid using gas-powered garden tools or flammable products such a grills and fire pits.

The spill happened at 10:43 a.m. at a Chevron station at 21320 San Ramon Valley Blvd. at Alcosta Boulevard in San Ramon when a car and a gasoline tanker collided, according to fire officials.

About 2,580 gallons of fuel spilled, some leaking into a 1.2-mile storm drain that leads from San Ramon and along Village Parkway in Dublin, where it empties into San Ramon Creek, fire officials said.

Students at Dublin High School were told to shelter in place throughout the day, but were allowed to leave when the school day ended.

All events that were scheduled to take place Friday night at the high school were canceled, French said.

Crews are remaining in the area over the weekend to monitor air quality around the drainage system and creek, and remove fuel from the water, Alameda County Fire Protection District spokeswoman Aisha Knowles said.

Booms to contain the spill were placed in storm drains to absorb the fuel, and a dam was created in the drain on Village Parkway at Brighton and Tamarack drives. More than 20,000 gallons of water has been flushed through the storm drain to clear the fuel.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

Dublin Mayor Tim Sbranti said in a statement, "We want to extend our sincerest appreciation to the displaced residents for their patience and cooperation through this process,'' and continued to thank all agencies that are involved.

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