3 Hurt in Ammonia Spill at Cheese Factory in South Gate

By Willian Avila and Will Kohlschreiber
|  Tuesday, Sep 3, 2013  |  Updated 1:12 PM PDT
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3 Hurt in Ammonia Spill at Cheese Factory

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Three workers were hurt in an ammonia spill at a cheese manufacturing plant in South Gate on Tuesday morning, Los Angeles County Fire Department officials said.

The leak was reported about 5 a.m. at Saputo Cheese USA at 5711 East Imperial Highway.

Two of the injured were transported to the hospital. One was treated at the scene. The extent of their injuries was not immediately known.

Firefighers evacuated all the workers from the plant, but none of the surrounding areas were affected.

A hazmat crew was called out to investigate the leak.

The spill was cleaned up by 6:30 .am.

The cause of the leak was unclear.

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