1 body recovered from Boston warehouse after ammonia leak

One body was removed from a building in Boston’s Seaport District Wednesday night after an ammonia leak, police said.

Boston Police Commissioner William Evans said everyone else who was inside the building is safe and accounted for, according to WFXT-TV. The Boston Fire Department said the leak was reported around 6 p.m. at a Stavis Seafoods warehouse at 7 Channel St. The leak was contained at around 9:30 p.m.

Emergency personnel tried to rescue the man from the warehouse when they arrived but couldn’t because of the ammonia in the air, WFXT-TV reported. The body was recovered an hour later.

The leak was reported near the end of a work shift when employees began noticing a strong odor and saw a leak coming from the plant.

“It’s a very large ammonia leak inside of a cold storage facility used for seafood processing,” Boston Fire Department spokesman Steve MacDonald told the Boston Herald.

Boston Fire Chief of Operations John Walsh said the public wasn’t in danger. But as a precaution, nearby streets were closed off and business people and residents were advised to shelter in place or stay away from the area.

“We were devastated to learn that one of our warehouse employees has died as a result of the ammonia leak at a Stavis Seafoods warehouse,” CEO Richard Stavis said in a statement. “We are not releasing any further information until the employee’s family has been notified. “We are thankful that four employees who were in the building at the same time were able to quickly and safely evacuate.”

WFXT-TV reported that OSHA is on the scene to assist police and fire officials in the investigation.

Fire officials said the building is a large cold storage facility with 5,400 gallons of ammonia inside. It’s unclear how much may have leaked in the air.

The medical examiner is to determine the cause of death. The man’s name wasn’t immediately released.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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