Oil spill in Heart's Delight-Islington, January 2014

More than 250 litres of furnace oil spilled from a delivery truck on Thursday morning and spread across the main road in Heart's Delight-Islington. The driver was attempting to pump fill a residential tank at the time. (Courtesy Nicholas Mercer)

A home owner in Heart's Delight-Islington got much more than he bargained for after ordering a furnace oil fill-up.

On Thursday morning, the delivery truck arrived for the fill-up. As per the regular routine, the worker dragged the hose around to the side of the house. When he started pumping however, nothing came out. The worker returned to the truck, only to discover the oil had spilled all over the street.

Mayor Denzil Sheppard said the town moved quickly to contain more than 250 litres of oil. 

Sheppard said it was raining at the time of the incident, causing the oil to spread quickly.

"They went right away and called the emergency, and then they called the [Department of] Environment. I guess they were concerned about the oil going down and probably going into the home," said Sheppard. 

Remediation teams have been using heavy equipment on the main road to contain the fuel. 

Officials said two homes have been affected by the spill, and they are waiting on news of a possible third.

The cleanup is expected to take a couple of days.