Area Evacuated After Ammonia Leak At Flower Distribution Center


A DANGEROUS SITUATION AT A FLOWER SHOP AFTER A CLOUD OF SMOKE IS SEEN COMING FROM THE BUILDING AND NORTH WEST MIAMI- DADE. THEY DETERMINED IT WAS BECAUSE OF AN AMMONIA LEAK. WE ARE LIVE NEAR THE SCENE WITH THE LATEST. WE DID JUST RECEIVE AN UPDATE FOR MIAMI-DADE FIRE RESCUE. THEY HAVE LOCATED THE SOURCE OF THAT LEAK. THEY HAVE SEALED IT OFF. IT WAS COMING FROM A MECHANICAL ROOM, SOMETHING TO DO WITH REFRIGERATION AND THERE IS NO THREAT TO THE PUBLIC. NORTHWEST 25th STREET IS SHUT DOWN NEAR 70th AVENUE IN NORTH WEST MIAMI-DADE OVERNIGHT AND INTO THE MORNING AS POLICE AND MIAMI-DADE FIRE RESCUE SWARM A BUILDING. THEY GOT A CALL AT 3 AM ABOUT A CLOUD OF WHITE SMOKE COMING FROM THE BUILDING. HAZARDOUS MATERIALS SCENE WAS CALLED AND HOURS LATER. THEY CONFIRMED AMMONIA WAS LEAKING. IT HAS BEEN A LONG MORNING FOR TIMOTHY WHO WORKS IN A WAREHOUSE NOW SURROUNDED BY HAZMAT, NORMALLY HE SAYS HE IS IN A FREEZER PREPARING FLOWERS FOR SHIPMENT FOR WHAT HE SAYS IS A FLOWER DISTRIBUTION CENTER. HE RIDES A BIKE EVERY MORNING ALL THE WAY FOR MIAMI GARDENS TO GET HERE. STANDING AT A POLICE PERIMETER WATCHING AND WAITING FOR WORD FROM HIS BOSS. I AM TIRED JUST GETTING HERE AND HE TOLD ME JUST TO SIT AND WAIT. CRUZ STILL HADN’T DETERMINED THE SOURCE OF THE LEAK. BECAUSE OF THE SIGNS OF THE BUILDING AND THE AMMONIA, WE HAVE TO MOVE WITH EXTREME CAUTION TO KEEP OUR PERSONNEL SAFE. THE ENTIRE AREA WAS EVACUATED, A TOXIC CHEMICAL THAT FIRST RESPONDENTS SAY CAN DISPLACE OXYGEN. IN HIGH CONCENTRATIONS, IT CAN CAUSE BLINDNESS AND RESPIRATORY FAILURE. THEY ARE ACTIVELY WORKING TO MITIGATE THE SCENE AND LOCATE THE SOURCE OF THE AMMONIA LEAK AND STOP THE LEAK. THEY SAY THAT LEAK HAS BEEN STOPPED. THERE IS STILL SOME RESIDUAL AMMONIA IN THE BUILDING.

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