APPLE VALLEY, Minn. (WCCO) – Fire officials are on the scene of a large gas leak in Apple Valley, according to Fire Chief Nealon Thompson.
Crews were called to the scene near the area of Galaxie Avenue and 150th Street in Apple Valley on a report of a smell of gas at about 4:55 p.m. When they arrived, there was a gas leak in an 80,000 gallon storage unit at the Magellan site on the 6400 block of 150th Street.
Thompson said so far between 5,000 and 10,000 gallons of fuel has leaked out of the unit. The fuel was contained into a dyke around the storage tank. Thompson said there is no cause for concern at this time and the public is not in any danger. The staff at Magellan is working to retrieve all of the leaked fuel.
The cause of the leak is under investigation at this time, but the leak has been stopped and contained to the facility, authorities said. Officials are reporting that gas can be smelled from up to a half mile away from the scene, but there is no danger to the public.
Apple Valley’s hazardous material team is on the scene as a precaution. Fire officials will remain on the scene as a precautionary measure. Thompson said the clean-up effort should take two to three more hours.