VIDEO: Three workers identified as victims of Fernie ammonia leak

A local state of emergency will remain in effect until Oct. 24 after the leak at the ice rink

Two city workers and one out-of-town contractor have been identified as those killed after a suspected ammonia leak at the Fernie Memorial Arena.

Mayor Mary Giuliano told reporters during a news conference Wednesday that the names of the victims will not be released. A local state of emergency will remain in effect until Oct. 24.

“Fernie is a tight knit community, and I know we will pull together like we have in the past,” Giuliano said, adding support has been arranged for the families involved.

READ MORE: Three fatalities confirmed at Fernie Memorial Arena

READ MORE: City of Fernie declares local state of emergency after fatal ammonia leak

The arena was closed Tuesday for repairs to the refrigeration service, according to a statement from the city.

Reports of the ammonia leak came in at about 11:30 a.m. Firefighters arrived at the arena to find one person who was taken to hospital after receiving CPR. Two others were discovered shortly after, and the area was evacuated.

A Hazmat team from Calgary remains on scene, where the ice rink has been secured but the leak has not. The evacuation order is in effect until further notice.

“Yesterday was an extremely difficult day for all of us,” Fire Chief Ted Ruiter said. Additional resources have arrived from other parts of B.C. and Alberta, he added, to develop a plan to get back into the facility.

Police are still investigating, including conducting witness interviews and examining the scene. WorkSafeBC has also deployed three investigators to the town of roughly 5,000 people.

Just Posted

October is Plastic Free Month in Nelson

City will examine its own plastic use and encourage public to do the same

Fundraiser set for Fastlane to Paradise

The new local show’s fundraiser is Sept. 21 at Finley’s

Don Currie, local athletes win medal haul at 55-plus B.C. Games

Slocan’s Currie took home seven gold medals in track and field

Local runners tackle Toad Mountain

The 25 kilometre and 50 km event took runners over the top of Toad Mountain

VIDEO: Grad classes separated by 65 years find shared hopes, fears

The Nelson High School class of 1954 met with current L.V. Rogers Grade 12 students

B.C. party bus company to be monitored after 40 intoxicated teens found onboard

Police received tip teens and young adults were drinking on party buses and limousines in Surrey

Rick Mercer calls out Conservative candidate in B.C. for fake meme

‘Not true. All fake. Please Stop,’ tweeted Rick Mercer in response

Bear killed in Kimberley after chasing girl, wreaking havoc on town

This particular brown-coloured bear has been the subject of many calls this summer; very food habituated, CO says

Police investigate after intoxicated teens clash with security at B.C. fair

18-year-old woman arrested and RCMP looking at possible assault in Victoria-area fall fair incident

BC SPCA investigating after three dogs found shot dead in Prince George ditch

The three adult dogs appeared to be well cared for before being found with gunshot wounds, BC SPCA says

Boy overdosed on illicit anti-anxiety drug found on Kelowna classroom floor, RCMP say

Noah Mills, 8, ingested a pink powdery substance off his Kelowna classroom floor

Psychiatric assessment ordered for man accused in Salmon Arm church shooting

Lawyer tells court accused was diagnosed with psychosis hours after his arrest

Surrey mom allegedly paid $400,000 for son in U.S. college bribery scam

Xiaoning Sui, 48, was arrested in Spain on Monday night

Most Read