Three people have died following an ammonia leak at the Fernie Memorial Arena.
The site has been secured and emergency crews are on the scene, however crews are still unable to safely enter the facility.
At this time, three fatalities have been confirmed. No further details are available pending identification and notification of next of kin.
CIMCO Refrigeration is on scene assisting crews and the City is working to acquire additional resources to deal with the hazardous situation.
The evacuation will continue for residents in the affected area until the City is able to contain the leak.
All homes between 9th Street and 13th Street and Highway 3 and 6th Ave have been evacuated. Red Apple, 7-Eleven, and Trinity Lodge are included in the evacuation.
Streets surrounding the Arena are closed:
• 9th Street from Highway 3 to 6th Ave
• 6th Ave from 9th Street to 11th Street
• 11th Street between Highway 3 and 6th Ave.
The public is asked to avoid the area while crews deal with the situation. More details will be provided as they become available.
– From the City of Fernie