Crews evacuate homes after morning ammonia leak - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Lori Brown

Crews evacuate homes after morning ammonia leak

Emergency crews evacuated several homes this morning after an ammonia leak at the Reddy Ice Plant on Kimball Avenue. The leak forced some people to leave their homes.

A man who lives near the Reddy Ice plant said the smell practically knocked him over.

The leak happened at around ten-thirty this morning in the neighborhood near Airways.

Seven people evacuated the neighborhood on Trezevant between Kimball and Twain.

Firefighters also helped two bed-ridden people find shelter.

Experts said breathing ammonia is dangerous and if it is inhaled it will create a burning sensation.

James Smith said he had to stay out of his home for hours.

"Came back. Couldn't get back in.  I didn't know they were going to block the street off. I didn't know it was that bad," Smith said.

Fire fighters used hazmat gear to stop the leak to the 800 pound tank.

A division chief said the cooler temperatures today helped prevent the ammonia from spreading more than it did

No one was injured or taken to the hospital because of the leak.

The cause of the leak is under investigation.

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