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State investigates fish kill in Bland County creek

Published On: Mar 12 2014 06:52:22 AM CDT
Updated On: Mar 12 2014 04:40:53 PM CDT
ROCKY GAP, Va. -

A state environmental official says water and foam used by firefighters to extinguish a vehicle fire went into a creek in Bland County and killed hundreds of fish.

Anglers discovered the fish kill in Laurel Creek on Tuesday morning.

J. Alex Sneed with the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality tells the Bluefield Daily Telegraph that the vehicle fire occurred along nearby Interstate 77 on Monday. About 5,500 gallons of chlorinated tap water and firefighting foam went down a highway drain and into the creek.

Sneed says the dead fish included trout that the state had stocked in the stream on Monday.

The fish kill zone extends about a mile and a half from an I-77 bridge near the East River Mountain Tunnel to where Laurel Creek meets Wolf Creek.