Newspaper article The Canadian Press

B.C. Ice Rink Where 3 People Died Remains Closed Due to Safety Concerns

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

B.C. Ice Rink Where 3 People Died Remains Closed Due to Safety Concerns

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B.C. ice rink where 3 people died remains closed

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FERNIE, B.C. - Residents who were forced from their homes because of a deadly ammonia leak at an ice rink in Fernie, B.C., still don't know when an evacuation order will be lifted.

A total of 95 people who live around the Fernie Memorial Arena were forced from their homes for safety reasons and are being put up in a local hotel.

Fire chief Ted Ruiter says the arena remains closed as experts continue to try to determine if it's safe to enter again.

Two men from Fernie and one from Alberta died last Tuesday and authorities are trying to piece together a timeline leading up to the deaths.

Wayne Hornquist, 59, and Lloyd Smith, 52, worked for the City of Fernie while 46-year-old Jason Podloski worked for refrigeration company CIMCO. …

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