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13 people have mild symptoms after ammonia exposure in Vancouver: fire official – BC

An ammonia release from a vent on the roof of a Vancouver arena exposed 13 people to the gas and prompted the precautionary evacuation of a nearby high school.

Matt Trudeau with Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services says those exposed appear to have minor symptoms, though they were taken to hospital as a precaution on Thursday.

He says the 13 people were outside, downwind of the gas, and no one inside Killarney Community Centre or neighbouring Killarney Secondary School was affected.

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Trudeau says the ammonia release was connected to an issue with a pressure relief valve and has been contained, but there will be a further investigation into the cause of the incident.

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He says the fire service’s hazardous materials team has monitored the air inside and outside the centre and they’re tasked with ensuring its safe operation.

An employee at an ice-making business in Kamloops, B.C., died of exposure to ammonia gas last week when a valve was dislodged on an ammonia bottle.


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