Ashburn Ice House Evacuated for Ammonia Leak

Ashburn Ice House Evacuated for Ammonia Leak

The Ashburn Ice House was evacuated around 10:30 a.m. June 27 for a chemical leak. No one was injured.

Fire and Rescue units from Moorefield, Ashburn, Kincora, Brambleton, and the Hazardous Materials Teams from Dulles South and Fairfax County responded to the incident.

Units arrived on scene to find that staff and customers had already evacuated the ice skating rink. Crews established a safety perimeter and ensured that no additional occupants remained in the structure. Then Hazardous Materials Team confirmed the presence of Anhydrous Ammonia slightly above permissible levels in the back of the building. Due to the nature of the chemical, firefighters donned chemical protective suits to ensure maximum safety. The business owners and contractor responsible for the chemical system were on scene to provide assistance.

Photo courtesy of the Sterling Volunteer Fire Company.

The Hazardous Materials Team ventilated the rink and closely monitoring conditions for several hours. Due to the large size of the building, Prince William County Fire and Rescue brought their mobile fan unit to the scene to assist with the ventilation process. Once the hazardous materials team ensured that the structure was free of the chemical, the contractor was able to enter and make the necessary repairs.

The canteen from Sterling, support unit from Brambleton, various members of the Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office, Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office and Loudoun County Emergency Management provided assistance during the incident.

There were no injuries or exposure related illnesses to any of the civilians inside the building at the time of the leak. One firefighter from Fairfax County suffered a medical emergency during the incident and was transported to the hospital in stable condition.