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Cary JC Penney Store Evacuated Briefly

Posted November 5, 2007

— The JC Penney store at Cary Towne Center was evacuated briefly Monday night after reports of fumes inside the store.

Cary spokeswoman April Little said some old batteries in the store's storage area were being removed when some equipment emitted some fumes. Initial reports indicated there was a gas leak.

Emergency responders were called to the scene about 6:15 p.m. after some workers complained of feeling sick.

The store was evacuated as a precaution, Little said. No one was treated for serious illness, however.

Firefighters cleared out the store's ventilation and removed the faulty equipment by 8:30 p.m., making it safe for people to enter.

Since the mall closes at 9 p.m., however, the JC Penny manager told everyone to go home.

The store was expected to reopen Tuesday.

No other stores in the mall were affected, Edie Johnson, director of marketing for Cary Towne Center, said.


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  • Groovy Nov 6, 2007

    good one talkabout

  • 39 going on 25 Nov 6, 2007

    JC PENNEY Stinks!!! Their clothes are ugly....or wierd.

  • Adelinthe Nov 6, 2007

    If the fumes didn't get you, the prices would, although I love to go when there's sales.

    Thanking God no one was hurt.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • MaplesMom Nov 6, 2007

    Strange thing is- I worked in that Penney's for years. And yes, on a Monday night there where approximately 3-5 people on average. But I cannot figure out where the "storage" area they where talking about would be. But then again- that was like 10 years ago.

  • Gandalf The White Nov 6, 2007

    Obviously somebody has to lay off the chili and hard boiled eggs before they go shopping.

  • ladyblue Nov 6, 2007

    I hope they had enough time to evacute all those 5 p eople before they were overcome by the funny fumes.

  • Z Man Nov 6, 2007

    I feel a super duper 2 day only 10-midnight 75% off all clothes that smell like gas sale to beat all sales sale coming up this weekend.

  • talkabout Nov 6, 2007

    SO, the 5 people shopping at JC Penny were evacuated :)