Firefighters tend to fuel spill at Kingston’s Norman Rogers airport

Kingston Fire & Rescue personnel on scene after a fuel spill at the Kingston airport on Thursday, Jul. 20, 2023. Photo by Cris Vilela/Kingstonist.

Kingston Fire & Rescue crews responded to Kingston’s Norman Rogers (YGK) Airport today after a fuel spill during the refuelling of a plane.

At approximately 12:35 p.m. on Thursday, Jul. 20, 2023, firefighters were dispatched to the airport due to a hazardous condition: a spill of jet fuel on the apron of the airport, where planes park, load, unload, refuel, etc. Multiple fire trucks entered the grounds of the airport, where service continued uninterrupted. Firefighters could be seen pouring spill absorbent on the affected area.

In response to Kingstonist inquiries, airport management confirmed that the fuel spill had occurred and that a large jet had begun leaking fuel while it was in the process of refuelling.

“The leak has been resolved and the spill contained to the apron. We are in the process of cleaning up the fuel from the apron,” management with the Kingston Airport said in an email to Kingstonist.

For their part, Kingston Fire & Rescue confirmed that their crews attended and were still on scene at the airport as of 1:50 p.m. The local fire department is expected to release further information later in the day.

The City of Kingston confirmed at approximately 2:30 p.m. there was no risk to public safety as a result of the spill.

This is a developing story. Kingstonist will continue to provide updates as more information becomes available.

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