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Electrical fire forces the evacuation of ice skating rink

December 23, 2018

KENT, Wash. (AP) — An electrical fire forced the evacuation of an ice skating rink in Kent, Washington.

Puget Sound Fire responded to a sprinkler alarm at 11:30 a.m. Sunday at the Kent Valley Ice Centre.

The report was upgraded to a commercial building fire after it was reported that smoke was coming from the compressor room used for the ammonia-based cooling system.

Staff at the facility safely evacuated everyone from the building. There were no injuries.

Firefighters found a large electrical panel that had caught fire. They quickly extinguished the blaze and there was no danger of an ammonia leak.

The property owner hopes to reopen the rink for the busy holiday season.

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