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Anhydrous ammonia leak

A section of roof collapsed Thursday morning at a Kendallville plant, cracking pipes carrying anhydrous ammonia. The Performance Food Group plant, 2930 Performance Drive, was evacuated after the roof collapse in the plant's northeast corner, officials said.

Cathie Rowand | The Journal Gazette
The roof collapse at Performance Food Group in Kendalville caused a toxic gas leak and an evacation Thursday morning.

Roof collapse causes anhydrous ammonia leak

KENDALLVILLE – A section of roof collapsed Thursday morning at a Kendallville plant, cracking pipes carrying anhydrous ammonia.

The Performance Food Group plant, 2930 Performance Drive, was evacuated after the roof collapse in the plant's northeast corner, officials said.

Even though anhydrous ammonia can quickly cause unconsciousness and lead to death, the fumes vented out through the roof, Kendallville police Chief Robyn Wiley said.

No injuries were reported.

The wind was blowing toward the east, and other businesses in the area were told to keep employees inside and shut their ventilation systems. Wiley said the scent could be detected as far as a quarter-mile away.

He said it took about an hour and a half to stop the leak.

For a time, drivers on U.S. 6 were advised to avoid the area. The plant is on the east side of Kendallville.

No information was immediately available about how long the Performance Food Group plant will remain closed. The company supplies major restaurant chains.

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