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Refrigerant leak forces evacuation of mall

November 12, 2014

KINGSTON, Mass. (AP) — An irritating odor at a Kingston mall that landed 10 people in the hospital and forced the evacuation of the entire mall has been blamed on a refrigerant leak that originated in the food court.

Officials who responded to the Independence Mall at about 4:25 p.m. Tuesday said 30 people were evaluated at the scene and 10 were taken to hospitals as a precaution. Officials said people reported coughing and having breathing issues.

Kingston’s fire chief said the odor was caused by an accidental leak of a refrigerant from a vendor in the food court.

The mall about 40 miles south of Boston was expected to reopen on Wednesday.

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