Second coolant leak at No Frills

This is the second coolant leak at No Frills in two weeks.

The Port Alberni Fire Department was called to the No Frills on Johnston Road at 3:47 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 6 after reports of a coolant leak.

This is the second coolant leak to take place at No Frills in the past two weeks. On Tuesday, Aug. 26, a release of coolant from the store’s refrigeration compression system released a cloud of coolant into the air, leading to an evacuation

“It was almost exactly the same problem, different piece of equipment but with the same problem,” said Fire Chief Tim Pley. “We had some difficulty [getting it contained] because the concentration was so high we had trouble getting inside, so this time we had BC Hydro cut the power to the building.”

With the power shut off, the PAFD were able to get inside and stop the leak. By approximately 7:20 p.m. the PAFD had given the store back to the owners who will close it to the public until they can get their refrigeration system working again.

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