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Ammonia leak forces evacuation of South Surrey cold storage

Members of a hazmat team stand by Wednesday morning at the scene of a gas leak in South Surrey. The team was called in when a cold storage facility on 32 Avenue near 188 Street was evacuated because of an small ammonia leak. The plant was evacuated shortly after the leak was discovered at 5 a.m. There were no reported injuries. - Dan Ferguson photo
Members of a hazmat team stand by Wednesday morning at the scene of a gas leak in South Surrey. The team was called in when a cold storage facility on 32 Avenue near 188 Street was evacuated because of an small ammonia leak. The plant was evacuated shortly after the leak was discovered at 5 a.m. There were no reported injuries.
— image credit: Dan Ferguson photo

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.

 

 

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