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Fuel leak cleanup underway after odor causes business closures, headaches

PAYNE, Ohio (WPTA21) - Ohio emergency managers are working with a gas station to clean up a fuel leak that caused two businesses to close down this week.

On Monday, several people reported an odor coming from the sewer near the Mara Mart gas station at the corner of Main and Bailey Street in Payne, Ohio.

Village officials with the help of the Fire Department tracked down the smell, and got Paulding County Emergency Management involved.

Public safety officials said the odor wasn't flammable or a health hazard, despite folks complaining of headaches.

The Good Time Saloon and Puckerbrush Pizzeria had to close down from the smell because employees had headaches.

On Wednesday, crews uncovered manhole covers to get air samples from the sewer.

The air wasn't flammable, however, there was a sheen on the water.

Crews tracked the smell and the sheen on the water back to the Mara Mart gas station, where an apparent fuel leak occurred.

That's when crews called the Ohio EPA.

On Thursday, village officials met with the Ohio EPA and management from C&Y Oil Company, the owners of the Mara Mart gas station.

C&Y Oil management took action to fix the problem and hired an environmental cleanup company to assess the situation.

Paulding County EMA Director Edward Bohn said at no time was there any concern for drinking water being contaminated, nor the safety and wellbeing of the public.

Crews are trying to figure out how much fuel made it into the sewer.

"I am pleased with the efforts of the village's fire department, water/sewer department and Mara Mart to find the problem and work towards correcting the issue," Mayor Steve Wober said.

Kayla Crandall

Kayla Crandall is an Emmy award-winning journalist. She serves as the Social Media and Digital Content Manager at WPTA. Follow her on Twitter @KaylerJayne.

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