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Feb. 15, 2024Glenwood, Iowa |  By: Jeremy Werner

Iowa DNR investigating oil spill after fire


GLENWOOD, Iowa - The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is responding to an oil spill incident in the KXCV/KRNW listening area.

The alarm was raised at 5:25 a.m. Thursday when the DNR received a report through the 24-hour spill line from Mills County. The incident originated from a fire that erupted at the Best Finish Auto Body shop in Glenwood at 4:30 a.m.

Local fire and law enforcement teams swiftly responded, discovering that an undisclosed quantity of oil had entered storm drains leading to Keg Creek.

Initial estimates indicate that up to 240 gallons of oil, including 120 gallons of used oil, 80 gallons of transmission fluid, and 80 gallons of antifreeze, were present at the facility during the fire.

In response, local crews installed sand bridge near the storm drain to prevent the mixture of product and firewater from entering the drains.

Subsequently, DNR officials observed an oily sheen in Keg Creek approximately three miles south of the site.

An environmental company is currently collaborating with the D-N-R to address cleanup efforts, with water samples already collected.