NORTHWEST DISTRICT -- More than 50 employees and shoppers were
evacuated from Fry’s Electronics after a chemical odor filled the store
that may have come from a heating unit, fire officials said.
The store was evacuated Monday morning after several people reported
smelling an odor that could not be identified, said Burbank Fire Capt..
One customer complained of watery eyes and a sore throat but said that
he felt better after leaving the store and drinking a cup of water, a
The Burbank Fire Department’s Hazardous Materials unit was called to
the scene. Members of the unit suited up in protective outfits to test
the air for any contamination, but none was found, Ramsey said.
“The only thing left was the heater that had just been serviced,”
Ramsey said. “It hadn’t been run in more than a year.”
Ramsey said a Los Angeles County hazardous materials officer also came
to the store and agreed with the fire department’s conclusion that there
was no danger.