Ammonia leak at Fernie, B.C., arena leaves three dead, area evacuated

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Three people are dead after a possible ammonia leak an arena in Fernie, B.C.

The City of Fernie says emergency crews still can’t safely enter the Fernie Memorial Arena where three fatalities have been confirmed.

WorkSafeBC says based on preliminary information, three workers were exposed to a gas leak that was possibly ammonia shortly before noon Tuesday.

The city’s fire department had contacted WorkSafeBC about the incident and RCMP are now leading the investigation of the site.

The city says in a news release it is working with CIMCO Refrigeration and is trying to get obtain additional specialized resources to deal with the hazardous situation.

Homes and businesses in the area, including a retirement home, have been evacuated. The city says the victims’ next of kin have been notified and their identities are not being released at this time.

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