St. Louis-area pet store evacuated after illness complaints

By The Associated Press | Posted - Sep. 4, 2015 at 6:31 a.m.

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BRENTWOOD, Mo. (AP) — Seven people and several animals were removed from a suburban St. Louis pet store over health concerns that were apparently caused by a refrigerant gas leak.

The PetSmart store in Brentwood was evacuated Thursday. Air conditioning repair crews were working on a failed system believed responsible.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch ( ) reports that seven people were taken to a hospital for evaluation. Assistant Fire Chief Terry Kurten says the air conditioning had stopped working before people began complaining of nausea, dizziness and a metallic taste about 11 a.m.

About 20 dogs, cats and guinea pigs were put on an air-conditioned bus in the parking lot. Birds and hamsters were left in the store because they are more difficult to manage, but were not considered to be in jeopardy.


Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

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