Fire Fight Led to Fish Kill in Mid-Missouri Creek
COLUMBIA (AP) - A report says water used to fight a blaze at a Columbia strip mall killed nearly 15,000 fish when it flowed into a nearby creek.
The Columbia Missourian (http://bit.ly/IpKBzs ) reported that petrochemicals were found in the creek during an investigation into the cause of the fish kill. The Missouri Department of Natural Resources recounted what happened in a 12-page report.
More than 1 million tons of water used on the blaze that engulfed O'Reilly Auto Parts and several other storefronts earlier this month. That water then drained into the creek.
The problem is that the runoff included carbon-based products such as paint that weren't completely combusted in the fire. The bacteria that decompose the products uses oxygen. Officials say what ultimately killed the fish is likely low oxygen levels.