Smell Of Gas Causes Evacuation Of Henrico Shopping Center
Henrico, VA—A shopping center was evacuated Wednesday evening, after a
citizen alerted the Henrico Fire Department about a strong smell of gas inside
an individual entered Henrico Fire Station 11 and stated that he had just come
from the ABC store in the 800 block of Parham Road, and noticed a strong smell
hazardous materials unit responded to the store, and an evacuation of the ABC
store and adjoining businesses was ordered. After high levels of lower
explosive limits (LEL) were detected, the entire shopping center was evacuated.
The Department of Public Utilities
responded as well as the Department of Environmental Quality to assist with
determining the source of the gasoline smell.
After running cameras through the
connected sanitation system, no source for the gasoline smell was found. LEL
readings began to drop, and the Family Dollar Store and Big Lots were reopened
around 6:30 PM.
Though the source of the gasoline
smell remains unknown, DEQ and utilities is checking the sanitation system down
line. There were no injuries reported in this incident.