WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — A barge broke away from its support system at the Main Avenue Fish Market in Southwest DC, causing diesel fuel to leak into the Potomac River.

Around 11:30 a.m Tuesday somebody noticed a sheen on the water and notified authorities.

A 500 gallon fuel tank on the back side of the barge that broke free appears to be the source of the spilled fuel. Authorities say only about 40 gallons of fuel actually spilled into the water.

“The wind today kept everything tight up against the bank,” said D.C. Fire and EMS Battalion Chief Ed Mills. “We haven’t had a lot of it go out very far into the river.”

Authorities say the barge, which is home to Pruitt’s Seafood, was not occupied when the tank broke free.

A company has been hired to help cleanup the spill.

The barge was part of a cluster of fish wharves at the market.

No injuries were reported in the incident.


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