Ammonia leak forces evacuation of South Surrey cold storage
A South Surrey cold storage plant was evacuated Wednesday morning after an ammonia leak was detected.
Around 5 a.m. workers at the Cloverdale Cold Storage freezing and cold storage facility at 3133 188 St. noticed a strong odor.
The plant was evacuated and ambulance crews and a Surrey Fire Service Hazmat (hazardous materials) team were called in to stand by while engineers worked to repair what was described as a small but stubborn leak in a hose.
No injuries were reported.
The plant where the leak was reported is the oldest of three operated at 32 Avenue and 188 Street by the Cloverdale Cold Storage company.
The corporate website describes the facility as the "original" freezing and cold storage plant incorporated in 1972.
It is now used primarily to freeze up to 220,000 lbs. of fresh fish a day, with a storage capacity of approximately 10 million lbs.
Cloverdale Cold Storage Ltd. has built two newer plants nearby, one in 2000, the other in 2011.