Cooking oil dump gives RI city eau de french fries

April 12, 2011 10:29:11 AM PDT
Some 30 gallons of used cooking oil has been spilled over several streets in a Rhode Island city, leaving behind the smell of french fries. Cranston Deputy Fire Chief Keith Newman says the soybean oil was kept in 5-gallon containers that apparently fell off a truck Monday. Firefighters found the containers in four spots around Cranston.

The cooking oil was spilled along an entire block of one street, a mess left for environmental officials to clean up.

Newman told WJAR-TV that his clothes smelled like french fries after he got back to the fire station.

The fire department is searching for the driver who made the mess.