Water main break causes evacuation at Smith’s distribution center in Layton

Posted at 7:23 AM, Dec 11, 2019

LAYTON – A water main break outside of a large Smith’s distribution center caused an employee evacuation.

The main water line suffered a break. This shifted the ground below an ammonia tank.

A fire alarm call occurred just before 5 a.m.

The incident triggered an ammonia leak in the area of 500 N. Sugar Street in Layton.

Layton Fire Battalion Chief Jason Cook confirmed that there is no threat to employees.

Crews isolated the ammonia leak.

The ammonia leak was small enough to not cause concerns about fire or explosion.

Ammonia is used as a refrigerant at the site.

The Smith’s location has an ammonia specialist as part of its emergency response team.

The area will remain evacuated while crews make repairs.