Hedge End superstores evacuated following gas leak

Sainsburys Hedge End

Hedge End was at the centre of serious incident following a leak of refrigerant gas at the Sainsbury’s superstore which affected up to 62 people. Both shoppers and staff at the Sainsbury’s and Marks & Spencer’s superstores were evacuated shortly after 5pm after customers in the checkout area complained of feeling unwell.

One casualty was taken to hospital as a precaution  but the others were treated at the scene.

The superstores remain closed this evening while emergency services on the scene assess the situation but are expected to re open shortly after Hampshire Fire and Rescue declared (8.35pm) there was no danger to the public.

A spokesperson for Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service (HFRS) later  said;

We have this evening attended a refrigerant leak at the Hedge End Retail Park on Toolbar Way, Hedge End, Hampshire.

We would like to reassure residents in the local area that there is no public health warning, following earlier reports of a gas leak.

Our control operators mobilised four appliances from Hightown, St Mary’s and Redbridge Fire Stations, together with our Hazardous Materials Detection Identification and Monitoring Team (HAZMAT) at 17:29.

We worked in partnership with the South Central Ambulance Service and Hampshire Constabulary to make the scene safe. The stop message was received at 20:55.

One casualty was taken to hospital as a precautionary measure.

Photo ©  Peter Facey