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Evacuation order lifted after Raeford ammonia leak

Posted January 5, 2011

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— An ammonia leak at the House of Raeford poultry plant Wednesday afternoon forced evacuation of the factory and about 800 nearby homes. 

The leak was reported around 2:30 p.m. It was contained by Wednesday evening and a crew was worked to ventilate the building. Authorities lifted the evacuation order just before 10:30 p.m.

About 1,448 residents within a half-mile radius of the plant received a reverse 911 call advising them to evacuate the area.

One employee of the turkey processing plant was taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center to be treated for minor exposure injuries.

Ammonia leak reported at Raeford turkey plant Ammonia leak reported at Raeford turkey plant

Company spokesman Dave Witter said Wednesday there was some kind of mechanical failure in the refrigeration unit at the turkey processing plant, but he had no specific details as to what caused the leak. He said a small fire associated with the leak was extinguished.

Witter also said the plant, located about 90 miles southwest of Raleigh, would be closed on Thursday.

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  • btneast Jan 7, 2011

    btnest, The good ones have retired, they have some young guy in charge he could not direct triffic with help from SHP but he is now the new Chief. Why do you think county had to come in...

    Oh I know, the two I mentioned are long dead as well. Just sitting here reminiscing about years past in Raeford......just sold my Mom's house there, so all ties are gone.......just faded memories.

  • tracieb547 Jan 7, 2011

    well Sherlock they had that extinguished. the leak itself AFTER all that was a hazard because of a possible explosion. that's why they had the fire dept out there to spray things down just in case. but yeah let's blame the people who were trying to protect the citizens for not doing what you thought they should have.

  • Sherlock Jan 6, 2011

    btnest,
    The good ones have retired, they have some young guy in charge he could not direct triffic with help from SHP but he is now the new Chief. Why do you think county had to come in...

  • btneast Jan 6, 2011

    The city could not handle it so the county had to come in and take over. The police just stood around turning cars around at teh scene and they were out in traffic without safety equipment.

    Too funny, I grew up there. I lived not far from "The Turkey Plant" as it is called. My stepfather retired from there and was in the refrigeration dept....they kept pretty good maintenance on those units. Where are Zeke Wiggins and Dave Barrington when you need them?

  • Sherlock Jan 6, 2011

    They had a fire and the leak at the same time, what spark do u need and that was at 230pm

  • tracieb547 Jan 6, 2011

    they evacuated the area because had there been a spark or anything during the leak it would have caused an explosion. before knocking what they were doing for the citizens surrounding the facility you might want to get all the facts.

  • fzero Jan 6, 2011

    "Huh? Their freezer broke, so they must be crooked?"
    No. Makes one question whether they performed maintenance and/or upgraded machines as they should have.

  • Sherlock Jan 6, 2011

    This was a big joke, the incident started at 230, the evac was not until 730, I drove by and everyone was just standing around, no masks on. The city could not handle it so the county had to come in and take over. The police just stood around turning cars around at teh scene and they were out in traffic without safety equipment. Glad not one was hurt, but the way it was handled someone could have been. I woul;d believe the evac was just to make the sheriff look good, because no one at the plants was wearning safety equipment, just big PR show to the new chief, who could not handle the job.

  • Arapaloosa Jan 6, 2011

    Huh? Their freezer broke, so they must be crooked?

  • fzero Jan 6, 2011

    That company seems fairly crooked to me. Haven't they been in all kinds of trobule for other stuff lately?