An ammonia leak at a Boston seafood warehouse on Wednesday has left one person dead at the Boston Seaport District.
Leaks were discovered at around 6:00 p.m. in the Stavis Seafood’s Warehouse. Employees at the end of their shift began to notice a strong ammonia smell then started to evacuate the building.
Firefighters responded with a Level 3 Hazmat response. Crews were wearing fully encapsulated suits when they searched the plant.
An adult male was found dead inside a stairwell. First responders aid that it took them a while to reach the victim because of the strength of the ammonia fumes.
The name of the victim has not been released.
Crews found that the ammonia leak was coming from the 5,400-pound tank. Ammonia is used as a refrigerant.
It is unclear at this time how much ammonia escaped the tank. It took several hours to shut off the main valve.
Firefighters evacuated several streets nearby as the leak was contained.
Stavis Seafood issued a statement saying that they were “devastated” by the incident and would be working with officials to determine what happened.