UPDATE: RCMP investigators to enter Fernie Arena for scene examination after amonia leak fatalities



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(UPDATE: Wednesday, October 18th @ 5:12 p.m.) – RCMP investigators continue to work with the City of Fernie, Fernie Fire Department and other resources in preparation for the entry into the Fernie Memorial Arena, following Tuesday’s fatal workplace incident.

RCMP investigators will commence a scene examination and investigation into Tuesday’s fatal workplace incident once it is deemed safe to enter the scene.

On Wednesday, October 18th, the Fernie RCMP and resources from the RCMP Southeast District continue to work with other responding agencies which include the BC Coroners Services, Worksafe BC, Interior Health, Ministry of Environment, resources from the City of Fernie and a hazardous materials team from Calgary. It was confirmed on Tuesday, that the incident resulted in the death of three adult men.

Fernie RCMP investigators are preparing for their scene examination in order to commence their investigation into the ammonia leak incident. The Fernie RCMP investigators and RCMP Forensic Ident Examiners will initiate the scene examination and investigation in order to make the determination of whether the matter is criminal in nature.

(UPDATE: Wednesday, October 18th @ 11:25 a.m.)

The BC Federation of Labour released a statement on Wednesday addressing the three fatalities that occurred as a result of the ammonia leak at the Fernie Memorial Arena on Tuesday.

“Today our thoughts are with the families, friends and community of the three workers who were killed yesterday while working at an ice rink in Fernie,” stated Irene Lanzinger, president of the BC Federation of Labour.

The Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) is…