Maple Avenue in Brookfield between Monroe Avenue and the memorial Circle was closed to traffic Friday morning for about two hours after 80 to 100 gallons of gasoline spilled from a pump at the Citgo station, 3419 Maple Ave., onto the pavement.
According to Fire Chief Patrick Lenzi, an attendant at the gas station notified the fire department that fuel was spilling from one of the pumps at about 5:20 a.m., about 10 minutes after turning on the pumps for the morning.
Brookfield firefighters poured an emulsifier into the sewer to neutralize the gasoline’s volatility and then monitored four sewers from the circle to Monroe Avenue, checking the meters for oxygen content.
Officials from both the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency were called to the scene, said Lenzi. Eventually, the MWRD gave the OK to flush the sewer system with 4,000 gallons of water.
The Landmark was not able to reach anyone at the gas station immediately.