By Julie Shapiro and Nicole Bode
DOWNTOWN — Fire department and HazMat crews closed off a lane of Park Row across from City Hall Wednesday after a small fuel spill, officials said.
Crews spread sand and gravel on the sidewalk and the street in front of 3 Park Row at Beekman Street around 2:15 p.m. Wednesday after about 20 - 30 gallons of fuel oil spilled onto the sidewalk and into the gutter, fire officials and witnesses said.
A witness at the scene said a home heating oil company was delivering oil to the building when the ground delivery pipe apparently backed up and sent the incoming oil streaming onto the sidewalk.
Officials closed off part of the sidewalk and a northbound lane of Park Row heading toward the Brooklyn Bridge on-ramp during the cleanup.
It was not immediately clear which business the oil was being delivered to, but the spill was located directly in front of a Starbucks.