Deerfield Beach Publix distribution center evacuated because of ammonia leak

A Publix distribution center in Deerfield Beach was evacuated Friday afternoon because of an ammonia leak, authorities said.

Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue spokesman Mike Jachles said the leak was reported at a Publix warehouse at 777 SW 12th Ave.

Jachles said five people were evaluated at the scene after inhaling fumes. He said six people were taken to Broward Health North, but are expected to be fine.

Authorities said a refrigeration unit inside the warehouse leaked the ammonia.

Between 200 and 300 employees were evacuated from the building as the Fire Department’s hazmat team assessed and stopped the leak.

 

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Student’s cellphone battery ignites at Deerfield Park Elementary School

A student’s cellphone battery ignited Tuesday morning in class, causing students to briefly evacuate from Deerfield Park Elementary School, authorities said.

Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue spokesman Mike Jachles said a 9-year-old boy suffered a minor burn on his leg and was released to his parents.

According to Jachles, the boy heard his phone beeping, so he took out the battery and noticed that it had a hole in it.

Thinking nothing of it, the boy put the battery in his pocket, but then took it out when he felt it burning his leg.

Jachles said the boy dropped the battery on the floor and it ignited.

Jachles said the fire burned itself out and firefighters ventilated the hallway near the classroom.

Broward County Public Schools spokeswoman Cathy Brennan said students and staff were evacuated from the school at 650 SW Third Ave. for 15 to 20 minutes.

The cellphone was reportedly a Coolpad Catalyst, a cellphone mainly used for new smartphone users, like children, or older people who are looking for a simple smartphone. 

“They are delicate electronics and they do have high voltage, so it’s important to make sure you follow the manufacturer’s recommendations to any devices,” Jachles said. “If a battery is damaged, and you know that, don’t use it (and) safely dispose of it.”

The state fire marshal is investigating what caused the battery to ignite.

The incident came a week after an overheated cellphone charger sparked a brief evacuation at Shenandoah Middle School in Miami.

No injuries were reported in that incident.

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Student’s cellphone battery ignites at Deerfield Park Elementary School

A student’s cellphone battery ignited Tuesday morning in class, causing students to briefly evacuate from Deerfield Park Elementary School, authorities said.

Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue spokesman Mike Jachles said a 9-year-old boy suffered a minor burn on his leg and was released to his parents.

According to Jachles, the boy heard his phone beeping, so he took out the battery and noticed that it had a hole in it.

Thinking nothing of it, the boy put the battery in his pocket, but then took it out when he felt it burning his leg.

Jachles said the boy dropped the battery on the floor and it ignited.

Jachles said the fire burned itself out and firefighters ventilated the hallway near the classroom.

Broward County Public Schools spokeswoman Cathy Brennan said students and staff were evacuated from the school at 650 SW Third Ave. for 15 to 20 minutes.

The cellphone was reportedly a Coolpad Catalyst, a cellphone mainly used for new smartphone users, like children, or older people who are looking for a simple smartphone. 

“They are delicate electronics and they do have high voltage, so it’s important to make sure you follow the manufacturer’s recommendations to any devices,” Jachles said. “If a battery is damaged, and you know that, don’t use it (and) safely dispose of it.”

The state fire marshal is investigating what caused the battery to ignite.

The incident came a week after an overheated cellphone charger sparked a brief evacuation at Shenandoah Middle School in Miami.

No injuries were reported in that incident.

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Gutsy gas station clerk tries to grab gun from robber

A gutsy gas station clerk tried to grab a gun from a man last month who robbed the convenience store, authorities said.

The robbery was reported just after 1 a.m. Feb. 24 at the Mobil gas station at 901 W. Sample Road in Deerfield Beach.

Broward sheriff’s deputies said the robber pointed a gun at the clerk and ordered him to place the cash drawer in a backpack.

Surveillance video shows the clerk trying to grab the gun, but the robber managed to hang on to it.

The two struggled briefly before the robber yanked the cash drawer and ran out the store.

The bandit was wearing a Miami Heat hat and a cloth over the lower part of his face during the robbery.

Anyone with information about his identity is asked to call Detective David Agusti at 954-321-4200. Anonymous tips can be made by calling Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS.

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Woman’s ex-niece burglarizes victim’s home in Deerfield Beach, deputies say

A woman’s former niece from her ex-husband’s side of the family is accused of burglarizing her home in Deerfield Beach.

According to an arrest report, Amber Duryea, 27, entered the victim’s home in the 1400 block of Southeast 13th Avenue Saturday and stole the victim’s jewelry, purses and two laptops.

Broward sheriff’s deputies said a witness saw Duryea at the victim’s front door during the time of the burglary and identified her in a photo lineup.

Authorities said Duryea pawned her ex-aunt’s necklace for $220 at Gold Pawn City in Fort Lauderdale on Saturday. She is accused of pawning the victim’s ring on Monday for $200 at Value Pawn & Jewelry in Wilton Manors.

Deputies said the victim saw a photo of Duryea on Facebook that showed the woman wearing the victim’s stolen rings at her boyfriend’s apartment.

Authorities said Duryea’s boyfriend allowed them to search his apartment and even told deputies that his girlfriend hides stolen property in the water heater rooms of the apartment building.

Deputies found the two stolen Dell laptops in the water heater room on the 12th floor of the building, the report said.

Authorities said they also found stolen jewelry and a pawn shop receipt inside the apartment.

Duryea was arrested on charges of burglary, grand theft, fraud for giving false ownership information to a pawn shop and dealing in stolen property.

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