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Ammonia leak found at former Winchester dairy

By Joe Beck - jbeck@nvdaily.com

WINCHESTER -- Forty-five firefighters from Winchester and Frederick County gathered at the defunct Sunshine Dairy plant Tuesday night in response to an ammonia leak inside the plant.

Fire chief Scott Cullers described the leak at 801 N. Kent Street as "very small" and no threat to the public. A two-member team of firefighters exited the building at 8 p.m. after being inside with HAZ-MAT suits for roughly fifteen minutes.

Cullers said they were recouping from the strenuous heat inside the building and outside and would be reentering the building within a few minutes.

Cullers said the source of the leak remains undetermined. Firefighters detected ammonia escaping from a compressor but the compressor was not necessarily the source of the leak. The building was formerly occupied by Sunshine Dairy but has been unused for about a year, Cullers said.

Cullers said he expected firefighters would be at the scene for at least another two hours investigating but maintain the leak is under control. He also said that fire prevention measures were taken at the scene.

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