Several businesses were closed temporarily Wednesday afternoon as emergency workers investigated a fuel spill.
The closings were brief – just over an hour – after officials determined the spill happened some time ago and did not pose a threat to nearby residents and businesses, said town spokesman Bill Crabtree.
Crabtree said residents called 911 after discovering what appeared to be a fuel spill along the 900 and 1000 blocks of Durham Road.
Firefighters and police who arrived at the site closed several business as a safety precaution. The affected establishments included Zaxby’s, Waffle House, Rose Mart, Dunkin’ Donuts and Main Street Grille Pizzeria & Restaurant, Crabtree said.
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Town officials expected the businesses to remain closed for most of the day while crews worked to locate the source of the spill, and police urged motorists and pedestrians to avoid the area if possible.
The businesses opened shortly after safety officials found that the spill happened some time ago.
“Our residents thought the spill was recent,” Crabtree said.