KENDALLVILLE, Ind. (WANE) Police confirmed with NewsChannel 15 there was a leak of anhydrous ammonia after a roof collapse at Performance Food Group in Kendallville.
The collapse happened just after 11 a.m. on Thursday and everyone inside made it out okay. Eight were checked by medics for possible exposure to the anhydrous ammonia. All were found to be fine according to Kendallville Police Chief Rob Wiley.
The resulting gas leak has since been fixed. Businesses in a quarter mile radius from Performance Food Group were asked to keep everyone inside and turn off heating systems to prevent the anhydrous ammonia from entering the building.
The cause of the collapse is still being investigated.
The National Institute of Health has the following about anhydrous ammonia on its website:
“Exposure to ammonia gas or ammonium hydroxide can result in corrosive injury to the mucous membranes of the eyes, lungs, and gastrointestinal tract and to the skin due to the alkaline pH and the hygroscopic nature of ammonia.”
About Performance Food Group, from the company‘s website:
As the parent company to a leading family of foodservice distributors, Performance Food Group delivers food and food-related products to more than 130,000 independent and national chain restaurants, quick-service eateries, pizzerias, theaters, schools, hotels, healthcare facilities and other institutions across the United States through its four business divisions -PERFORMANCE Foodservice, ROMA Food, Vistar and Customized. Altogether, PFG’s family of distributors offers synergies that give customers the best variety in choice of high quality products and the strength of industry-wide relationships to better serve its customers.