Supermarket evacuated and fire services called following ‘strong smell of gas’
- Credit: Alan Davies
Hatfield’s Asda supermarket has been evacuated and fire services are in attendance this afternoon after reports of a ‘strong smell of gas’.
The fire service was called at 1.56pm to reports of a strong smell of gas at the rear of the store in the town centre.
Crews from Hatfield and St Albans attended the scene, and the store has now been evacuated with staff and customers being moved well away from the building by emergency services
The gas board has been informed of the incident.
A customer who was in the store at the time of the evacuation told the Welwyn Hatfield Times: "I had just entered ASDA at 1:40pm and about a minute later an alarm started to ring.
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"Someone in the employee area above the entrance was talking down to the staff working at the entrance about the alarm. I kept walking and a couple of seconds after that staff were ushering people out the building asking for them to evacuate.
"Everyone was outside within a minute and was standing in the area outside the entrance. A couple of minutes later the staff were telling people to get back from the building. At this point I could start smelling gas and so could the people around me."
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