Firefighters respond to ammonia leak at Millington plant

(WMC-TV) - A hazmat situation temporarily shut down Fite Road in Millington Thursday night.

Around 7:00 p.m., employees at the Osmose Wood Plant on Fite Road complained about having difficulty breathing.  Authorities arrived on the scene, where they discovered ammonia hydroxide leaking from a valve at the plant.

There are reportedly two tanks, a 2,500-gallon tank and a 10,000-gallon tank, connected with piping and a ball valve.  The ball valve is what began leaking.

Firefighters were able to stop and shut the system down.

An official with Klean Safe was transported to the hospital as a safety precaution.  However, no employees were injured or had to evacuate.

Officials spent Thursday night doing air quality checks to make sure the substance did not pose any immediate danger to the public's health.

"They had detection equipment on vehicles," said Brent Perkins with the Shelby County Fire Department.  "They made a thorough saturation of the whole area and made the determination none of the detection equipment picked up anything that was hazardous to the area."

No neighboring residents had to be evacuated.

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