Ruiz Foods Ammonia Leak Causes Evacuation

April 23, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Hundreds of people are back at their jobs after being evacuated from Ruiz Foods.An overnight ammonia leak forced the factory to shut down for several hours. The leak was caused by a safety relief valve on the roof that malfunctioned. 33 employees were treated for irritation from the fumes and 9 others with more severe symptoms were sent to a hospital.

"We've transported a couple of them that had some advanced care and that was because they inhaled more than what they normally are used to. We gave an I.V. and some oxygen," said Assistant Chief Larry Roberts with the Dinuba Fire Department.

The leaky valve has since been repaired. The plant re-opened Thursday morning and operations are back to normal.

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