The City of Fernie has posted on their website that emergency crews remain on scene responding to an ammonia leak at Fernie Memorial Arena.
The site has been secured, however crews are still unable to safely enter the facility.
At this time, three fatalities have been confirmed.
No further details are available pending identification and notification of next of kin.
CIMCO Refrigeration is on scene assisting City crews. The City is working to acquire additional specialized resources to deal with the hazardous situation.
The evacuation will continue for residents in the evacuation area until the City is able to contain the leak.
All homes between 9th Street and 13th Street and Highway 3 and 6th Ave have been evacuated. Red Apple, 7-Eleven, and Trinity Lodge are included in the evacuation.
Residents who live in the evacuated area are asked to report to Emergency Social Services at the Senior Citizens Drop-In Centre (562 3rd Avenue).