Ammonia leak closes twin arenas


Emergency crews worked quickly to contain an ammonia leak at Genesis Place Recreation Centre Feb. 3, which forced the evacuation of the twin arenas area.

“There was an ammonia leak at approximately 7 a.m. The odor of ammonia was not smelled in the arenas portion; it was contained to a back room,” said Airdrie RCMP Media Liaison Const. Dan Martin. “It was a real alarm and we’re quite thankful that all the protocol were followed so there was no disaster.”

According to Martin, Genesis Place staff immediately evacuated the facility. Only the twin arenas area was affected and the rest of the facility remained open to the public.

“We were on scene for about two hours assisting. Our team set up to manage the incident if it were to escalate. The Genesis team and their service provider were able to go in and rectify the problem,” said Deputy Fire Chief Garth Rabel.

According to Rabel, the leak was determined to have taken place in the area around the ice making equipment. Once the air quality was deemed to be safe, users of the facility were allowed back in. There were no injuries.

Airdrie RCMP is asking for help to identify a man who brandished a knife at staff and patrons at the Toad ‘n’ Turtle Pubhouse & Grill Jan. 27 at approximately 11:30 a.m. According to Martin, staff at the pub knows the man.

“He was sitting at the bar by himself. We’re still trying to determine the reason he got upset, but the initial investigation is showing that he might have been upset because no one was paying attention to him or talking to him,” he said. “At a certain point, he pulled a knife out of his pocket and started making some threats and comments towards…the staff.”

Martin said the man then left the bar and drove away in a vehicle. Although staff knows him by sight, Martin said they do not know his name or identity.

RCMP describes the man as wearing jeans, a black toque, black vest and a beige winter jacket.

If you have any information about any crime, contact the Airdrie RCMP detachment at 403-945-7200 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or online at


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