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Gary & Leo's evacuated Saturday because of a Freon refrigerant leak


August 6, 2018

A Freon container exploded at Gary & Leo’s Fresh Foods Saturday evening, releasing Freon gas into the store, Assistant Havre Fire Chief Kelly Jones said, leading to the evacuation of the store.

The fire department sent one ambulance to the store.

“One of the employees who was back there was taken, for precautions, up to the hospital,” Jones said. “They aired out the building and then let everyone back in.”

The evacuation process took about a half an hour, from 5:29 p.m. to 6:05 p.m., he added.

The leak came from a failed self-contained cooler in the produce department, John M...

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