Toxic Substance Leads to Evacuation of Walmart in Florida

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In early August, Orange County Fire Rescue officers evacuated a Walmart Neighborhood Market in Avalon Park, Florida, where they had been called in response to concerns that carbon monoxide had reached potentially dangerous levels. Rescue trucks arrived at the store at 3:30 am on August 9, 2015, immediately escorted all workers out of the facility, and closed the building until 7:30 am than morning. The store is open 24 hours a day, but it is unclear if there were any customers in the store at the time the carbon monoxide was discovered.

According to Kathleen Kennedy, a spokesperson for the Fire Rescue team, carbon monoxide levels had elevated to 400 parts per million (PPM) by 4 am, more than 10 times the level considered safe for human exposure. Fire Rescue team members were unable to enter the building when they arrived, as the CO levels were too high. Official said that 13 people were treated for carbon monoxide poisoning, and that seven went to the hospital.

According to Walmart officials, the store is currently being remodeled, and there were workers present the night of the carbon monoxide problem. They were apparently doing work with propane torches and started feeling nauseated. They tested the air and found the elevated CO levels. If you have any questions concerning injuries caused by toxic substance, contact one of our New Jersey Personal Injury Lawyer.

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