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Sainsbury's continues probe into chemical leak
2:27pm Wednesday 18th September 2013 in News
SAINSBURY'S say it is still investigating the cause and source of a gas leak that led to the evacuation of a Hampshire shopping centre.
Hundreds of shoppers and staff were told to leave the Sainsbury's and Marks and Spencer store in Hedge End last night after people started feeling unwell.
Fire services told how the cause was later identified as a leak of carbon dioxide from a freezer containing frozen food in the Sainsbury's store.
After checking the leak had stopped and it was safe, the fire service left the stores, but both remained closed last night.
But Sainsbury's re-opened at 7am this morning and Marks and Spencer shortly afterwards at its normal time 8am.
A Sainsbury's spokesman confirmed that the store, in Tollbar Way, had called engineers to the site last night to assess the situation and liaise with the emergency services to establish the cause.
But he said that the cause and the source of the leak was still being investigated and he could not comment further.
However, he did say that they had checked all their refrigerator units in the store.
“We're checking absolutely everything as you can imagine,” he said.
Once allowed back in last night, some staff worked on the investigation, others went home while some stayed to restock the shelves, he said.
“We take anything like this extremely seriously,” he added.
“We had people visit the site to make sure absolutely that it was safe. Engineers were at the site to assess the problem.
“We're still looking at what the problem might be.”
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