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Fuel spill leaking into Provo River near Utah Valley Hospital

Posted at 4:52 PM, Dec 03, 2020

PROVO, Utah — Fire crews are working to stop a fuel spill that is leaking from Utah Valley Hospital into the Provo River Thursday.

A backup generator at the hospital ruptured in the underground parking garage, causing the leak. The fuel made its way into a waterway under the parking structure and into the river.

Provo Fire and Rescue is working with hospital officials and Provo Public Works to determine the extent of the fuel in the water system.

Capt. Sam Armstrong of Provo Fire and Rescue told FOX 13 the diesel fuel tank that supplies the backup generator has been closed off.

The hospital is not affected by the fuel leak as the facility has other backup generators to deal with similar incidents.

(Provo Fire & Rescue previously told FOX 13 that fuel from the spill had reached Utah Lake. An official later corrected that statement by saying fuel had not been found in the lake.)