Three dead confirmed in arena ammonia leak

Fernie Arena and nearby homes evacuated

Fernie Arena and nearby homes evacuated

Three people have been confirmed dead after an ammonia leak at a hockey arena in Fernie, British Columbia, Canada, city officials said in a statement.

The coroner couldn't confirm the exact number but says it could be as many as three people. No further details are available pending identification and notification of next of kin.

The city said that CIMCO Refrigeration was on the scene assisting emergency crews and was working to acquire additional specialised resources to deal with the hazardous situation. "The evacuation will continue for residents in the evacuation area until the city is able to contain the leak". This includes 9th Street from Hwy 3 to 6th Avenue, 6th Avenue from 9th Street to 11th Street, 11th Street between Hwy 3 and 6th Avenue. The nearby Red Apple, 7-11 and Trinity Lodge have also been evacuated.

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Streets surrounding the arena are closed.

Hwy 3 remains open to traffic.

The fire chief said his crews were also receiving calls to deal with downed trees and power lines while the arena emergency unfolded.

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