April 06, 2020

40 people evacuated from S. Portland store

SOUTH PORTLAND – About 40 people who were evacuated from a supermarket Monday night after complaining of nausea and other problems were treated at area hospitals, police said.

No one appeared to be seriously ill, and all of those who were treated were conscious and walking, police said.

The Shaw’s Supermarket at Mill Creek in South Portland was evacuated around 6:45 p.m. after several customers complained of nausea, difficulty breathing, or vomiting.

Police Lt. Robb Couture said the store was being checked for the source of the problem, but officials believe it was airborne and not related to food sold there. Couture says about 40 people who were in the store were treated.

“We are very concerned about the health and safety of our associates, and we are working closely with officials to determine the source of the problem,” said Judy Chong, a spokeswoman for Shaw’s.

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