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Refrigerant leak causes Towne Center closure Sunday

Better safe than sorry. The Fayetteville Fire Department temporarily closed the Towne Center Shopping Center on South Glynn Street late Sunday afternoon after a coolant line broke at the Kroger supermarket. The center was cleared for opening later Sunday night.

The shopping center was closed at approximately 6 p.m. after the fire department received a 911 call from store employees. Fire department spokesperson Bill Rieck said the break in a refrigerant line came from a piece of portable equipment in the deli area. The refrigerant has the potential to be explosive, Rieck said.

Firefighters followed Georgia Environmental Protection Division regulations and allowed for the coolant to be ventilated, said Rieck. The Kroger and adjacent businesses were evacuated.

Firefighters and police blocked entrances to the shopping center until ventilation process had been completed.

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