Food distribution center in Sarasota evacuated after ammonia leak

Updated: Nov. 13, 2019 at 8:53 AM EST
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SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - A food distribution center on McIntosh Road in Sarasota was evacuated due to an ammonia leak.

Crews were first called around 5:15am Wednesday when a sensor alerted first responders to the leak. Officials say a refrigeration unit on the roof is leaking ammonia, which is used as a coolant.

Officials say the chemical was contained to the building itself and the leak was stopped around 8:45am.

A nearby food distribution center for Publix was issued a shelter in place command while the leak was contained. A nearby school says it will not allow kids outside on Wednesday to play.

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