Enfield shopping plaza reopens after evacuation for gas leak - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Enfield shopping plaza reopens after evacuation for gas leak

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A shopping plaza in Enfield has reopened after it was closed due to a gas leak Friday morning.

Employees complained to police that there was a heavy odor of gas at the rear of the Stateline Plaza in the area of Dick's Sporting Goods around 10 a.m.

Yankee Gas was called to the plaza and they checked all the rooftops in the plaza, including T.G.I. Friday's, said Mark Zarcaro, who is the public information officer for Enfield Fire Department.

"You get a little complacent," Zarcaro said. "You come to smells all the time and with the situation in Springfield a few weeks ago, you can't be too careful."

Zarcaro said the leak could have been a malfunctioning heating unit, but they are still trying to figure that out. Officials also do not know where the leak is coming from.

The Stateline Plaza and its parking lot were closed during the investigation. However, Freshwater Boulevard remained open to through traffic.

Costco also remained open during the evacuation, Zarcaro said. However, Home Depot, PC Richards, JoAnn Fabrics, Dollar Tree, Dick's and Auto Zone were evacuated.

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