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Ammonia leak in Clayton South.

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21 Nov 2011
A community warning was issued by the MFB following an ammonia leak at a cold storage premises in Clayton South. The leak at Bidvest in Clayton Road occurred just after 8pm with workers being immediately evacuated.

Date: November 19, 2011 
Time: 20:16 hours     
Call Number: 8745

Address: Bidvest – Clayton Road, Clayton South

A site engineer managed to close off one valve but could not get to the primary shut-off valve located within the ceiling space.  The leak flooded the ceiling space with ammonia gas requiring firefighters wearing fully encapsulated suits to gain access into this area. 

Air monitoring was conducted on a regular basis to ascertain the level of ammonia in the factory and surrounding streets.  The community warning was issued to alert local residents to the ammonia leak and to stay indoors and keep windows closed.  Ammonia reacts with moisture and exposure will cause extreme irritation to the eyes, nose and throat.

The leak was closed off shortly after 11pm with venting of the gas taking a further hour.  The incident finally concluded at 12:30am after crews that had been exposed to the ammonia had passed through a decontamination shower.


Attending Appliances:  

Pumpers: 4
Specialist Units: 3

Number of firefighters: 30

Officer in charge: Commander Darren Davies

For more information please contact: MFB Media & Communications on 9665 4699 or media@mfb.vic.gov.au

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