Ammonia leak triggers alarm at Logan Lake arena

Safety protocols are being cited after a compressor leak containing ammonia triggered the shutdown of the Logan Lake Recreation Centre, southwest of Kamloops, early Thursday morning.

“The public and district staff can rest assured that we’ve got a good plan in place,” Logan Lake CAO Randy Lambright told KTW.

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Just after midnight, the fire and ammonia alarm systems were triggered, resulting in emergency personnel deployed to the site. Nobody was inside the building, which includes an arena, curling rink and weight room, at 31 Chartrand Ave.

Earlier this year, an ammonia leak in an arena in Fernie killed three people.

Asked if the situation could have been deadly had residents or staff been inside the building, Lambright said: “I don’t want to speculate.”

Nothing is 100 per cent, he said, though he reinforced his confidence in the safety protocols, noting district staff and fire personnel immediately arrived on scene when the alarms went off.

“At the end of the day, all we do is put the stuff in place and believe in it, try to create as safe of an environment as we can — and I believe we have,” Lambright said.

It is unclear whether that compressor needs replacing. Lambright said that will be evaluated. The cause of the leak is also unclear.

“We’re kind of evaluating that right now,” he said. “We’ll know more once we’ve got the results.”

The centre’s ice plant facility and safety protocols were recently improved. The safety plan includes: fire and ammonia alarms, personnel arriving on scene and a venting-fan system to purge the building.

The recreation centre has since re-opened to the public.

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