On Wednesday (3/20/2019) evening Murfreesboro Fire Rescue Department rushed to the Kroger at 2050 Lascassas Pike around for a possible hazardous materials release.
The first crews arrived on the scene around 6:00PM and worked closely with Kroger management to safely evacuate the building of employees and customers who remained inside.
Twelve persons were on site and complaining of shortness of breath, nausea, headaches, and irritated throat and eyes. Those 12 were evaluated by Rutherford County EMS, but refused any type of treatment or transport.
At least three other people, who had already left the store, were complaining of the same symptoms. Rutherford County Emergency Medical Services were called for assistance. Those persons also refused treatment or transport.
All patients reported their symptoms improving with time.
Murfreesboro Fire Rescue Department's Hazardous Materials Response Team entered the building with air monitors and surveyed all areas of the store, but found nothing.
It is unclear at this time what could have caused the incident, however, Battalion Chief Joe Bell says they will likely review the in-store camera footage to rule out any foul play.
Murfreesboro Fire Rescue cleared the grocery store and then Kroger reopened for business.
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