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Columbia Valley Rockies home game cut short by ammonia leak

The Columbia Valley Rockies’ home game against the Kamloops Storm was called off with just over one minute left on the clock when the ammonia alarm went off.

RDEK officials say the alarm was triggered on Friday evening by a small leak in the Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena’s refrigeration plant.

“We have an emergency response plan that was immediately activated, the building was cleared and the fire department and chief engineer assessed the source of the alarm,” said RDEK Environmental Services Manager Kevin Paterson.

The building was evacuated while emergency crews searched for the rupture.

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“We have an emergency response plan that lays out our response any time we have an alarm. Our staff and emergency responders did an excellent job of following the plan, activating the emergency response, clearing the building, determining the cause of the alarm and working to safely remedy it,” added Paterson.

An investigation revealed a small leak contained in the building’s heat floor component within the refrigeration plant.

Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena was closed until Saturday afternoon while the system was repaired.

Kamloops and the Rockies played their last minute on Sunday, ending in a 2-1 win for the Storm.

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