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Cary JC Penney Store Evacuated Briefly

Posted November 5, 2007 7:32 p.m. EST
Updated November 5, 2007 11:17 p.m. EST

— 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.