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Gateway operational after ammonia leak

Investigation into cause underway by centre, city

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Players participating in the Rick Heinz summer hockey camp for goaltenders were checked out in the  M.I.R.V. unit by paramedics after an ammonia leak at the Gateway Recreation Centre Friday morning forced an evacuation.

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Players participating in the Rick Heinz summer hockey camp for goaltenders were checked out in the M.I.R.V. unit by paramedics after an ammonia leak at the Gateway Recreation Centre Friday morning forced an evacuation. Photo Store Photo Store

Gateway Recreation Centre is back to normal after an ammonia leak on July 12.

Gateway general manager Denis Van Laeken said the leak was found at approximately 9:30 a.m. that morning, and three people were sent to hospital as a precaution. He said all three were released later in the day.

Van Laeken was allowed to re-enter the facility around 1:30 p.m., and said operations were back to normal around 5 p.m.

Other than a goaltending camp that was forced to evacuate, no other facility uses were affected. No ice was booked the evening of July 12 or at all on July 13. Two scheduled hockey camps for the following week proceeded as planned.

Van Laeken said his understanding of the leak was that it was a "freak accident" that wasn’t preventable, though he said the cause is still under investigation.

"Everybody did what they had to do," he said.

Van Laeken said there will be costs the centre will have to pay as a result of the leak, but doesn’t know how much it will be as he has not yet received invoices.

The City of Winnipeg also did not have information about the cause of the leak as it continues its review along with the centre.

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