HIGHLAND COUNTY, OH (FOX19) - Paint Creek fire officials are warning anyone in in the Highland County area that their recently-purchased kerosene may be contaminated with gasoline.
This includes kerosene purchased from the NewMarket Pizza and Food Mart, located at 5825 W. New Market Rd., about 6 miles south of Hillsboro, Ohio, within the last 96 hours.
Fire officials are investigating exactly how the kerosene became contaminated with gasoline and are in contact with the appropriate state agencies to mitigate this developing situation.
Those who may have purchased this kerosene should be extremely cautious in using it. Officials ask that those impacted please inspect the kerosene purchased for the smell of gasoline as introducing gasoline into a kerosene heater and then a heat source could produce a flame that is uncontrollable, leading to fire spreading to other objects in the building being heated.
The kerosene pump has been secured at this location and no further kerosene will be sold until this situation has been remedied. Gasoline is four times as flammable as kerosene and will explosively support combustion.