CHARLESTON, Ore. (AP) — An ice house near Coos Bay caught fire Friday and released ammonia that caused temporary evacuations.
KEZI-TV reports the ice house which provided ice for anglers in Charleston began burning and releasing ammonia at about 9 a.m. Friday.
By Friday afternoon authorities said ammonia was no longer detected in the area and a recommended evacuation had been lifted.
The Coos County Sheriff’s Office says the ice house was mostly destroyed.
First responders had to wait to fight the fire until a regional hazmat team arrived. Capt. Gabriel Fabrizio of the Coos Bay Sheriff’s office said Friday morning that southerly winds were expected to help push the ammonia out into the bay.