Ammonia leak at BC arena kills three

18 October, 2017, 17:49 | Author: Leticia Walters
  • The public is asked to avoid the area while crews deal with the situation

An apparent ammonia leak at an arena in Fernie has killed three workers who were repairing the refrigeration plant at the municipal ice rink.

The Fernie Fire Department, BC Ambulance Service and Elk Valley RCMP are still on scene at the Fernie Memorial Arena, following afternoon reports of the leak.

Emergency crews were called to the Fernie Memorial Arena in Fernie, B.C. late Tuesday morning — a town already dealing with sporadic power outages and damage from high winds. The site has been secured, however crews are still unable to safely enter the facility.

Few details have been provided, but the city confirmed the deaths in a statement posted online.

A ministry of labour spokesperson said counselling would be made available to family and colleagues of the deceased.

Homes and businesses nearby were evacuated after the leak was reported, between 9th and 13th streets and Highway 3 and 6th Avenue.

The city, which has declared a seven-day local state of emergency, said residents in the evacuation area have been provided overnight accommodations. Several streets around the arena were shut down as firefighters and emergency responders worked at the scene.

The public is asked to avoid the area while crews deal with the situation.

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