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Freon leak forces Frederick food market to be evacuated

no one hurt

April 01, 2008

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) -- A hazardous materials team in Frederick is investigating a freon leak that prompted evacuation of a Giant Food store on the city's west side.

The Frederick County Division of Fire and Rescue Services says no one is hurt. Battalion Chief Dan Healy says only about 10 people were in the store since the grocery section was closed for a contract vote by workers.

Healy says an alarm alerted a pharmacy worker, who then saw a white cloud of gas escaping from beneath the door of a compressor room.

Freon is a colorless, nonflammable liquid that evaporates when exposed to air. Breathing large amounts of it can cause dizziness, a loss of coordination and irregular heart beat.

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