Gas spill at Big Island Costco

KAILUA-KONA (Hawaii News Now) - Big Island firefighters evacuated a portion of the Kailua-Kona Costco parking lot at about noon Tuesday after gas spilled from a pickup truck parked in the lot.

According to Hawaii County Fire Department Capt. J. Yamamoto, a "copious amount" of gas filled the lot and one engine, an ambulance and a Hazmat unit were called to the scene at 47-5600 Maiau St.

Costco provided material to help contain the fuel spilling from the truck's ruptured tank while fire crews dismantled the truck bed to reach the leak. After determining the leak could not be plugged, the gas was siphoned into portable fuel cans.

No one was injured and no fire started during the spill.

The truck was towed away and the parking lot reopened before 3 p.m.

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