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Bloomfield gas station evacuated after CO2 leak

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DEEP and Blue Hills firefighters were on scene at Citgo on Blue Hills Avenue after a CO2 leak on Wednesday. (WFSB) DEEP and Blue Hills firefighters were on scene at Citgo on Blue Hills Avenue after a CO2 leak on Wednesday. (WFSB)
BLOOMFIELD, CT (WFSB) -

Employees were evacuated from a gas station in Bloomfield after a carbon dioxide leak on Wednesday morning.

Members of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and Blue Hills Fire Department were called to  Citgo on Blue Hills Avenue around 8:45 a.m.

A CO2 tank malfunctioned and leaked into the basement, according to Blue Hills Fire Chief Robert Farmer.

There were no reported injuries. Farmer said employees were evacuated as a precaution after some said they experienced dizziness, but they were expected to be OK.

"It depreciates the oxygen levels so that’s one reason why they were complaining of light-headedness and dizziness," Farmer said. "My initial crews that went in did find some oxygen levels that were lower than normal.”

The building was evacuated for a short time as firefighters ventilated it. Farmer said a technician was called to the scene and the tank was repaired.

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