Breckenridge firefighters investigate ‘oily substance’ found in Blue River

Fire crews investigated an “oily substance” floating in the Blue River in Breckenridge April 22, 2014. (Photo: Red, White and Blue Fire District)

Fire crews investigated an “oily substance” floating in the Blue River in Breckenridge April 22, 2014. (Photo: Red, White and Blue Fire District)

BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. — Firefighters responded to reports of an abnormal shine to the water of the Blue River near Broken Lance Drive Tuesday afternoon.

The Red, White and Blue Fire Protection District said crews arrived on scene to find “an oily substance floating in the Blue River.”

Immediately, firefighters placed absorbent booms in the river to prevent the substance from floating downstream.

Fire Chief Jim Keating said after crews placed the booms, they began to investigate the source of the substance leaking into the river.

“Our crews found the source to be located at a private residence off of Trafalgar Driver,” he said.

Firefighters then isolated the spill and, according to Keating, will continue to monitor the area the next several days.

Crews said they believe less than five gallons of hydraulic fluid was released from a tank, located at the property, that appeared to have been damaged by the significant snowfall over this past winter.

The Red, White and Blue Fire District said the residence will be responsible for the financial repercussions resulting from the spill, like cost of cleanup and rectification of any environmental damage.

The leak did not affect the drinking water quality for Breckenridge, said fire officials.