Two hospitalised after ammonia leak at freezing works

Aerial of Pukeuri Freezing Works. Photo by Stephen Jaquiery.
Aerial of Pukeuri Freezing Works. Photo by Stephen Jaquiery.
Two people have been taken to hospital after an ammonia leak at a freezing works in Pukeuri, north of Oamaru, last night.

Fire and Emergency was called about 10.20pm to the Alliance Group site near State Highway One.

Southern communications shift manager Simon Lyford said three crews and a hazardous material command unit attended.

Firefighters found a cloud of ammonia on site and helped evacuate staff who were still in the building.

Lyford said police and ambulance officers also attended.

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