Kroger store reopens after gas odor prompts evacuation
Melanie Maxwelll | AnnArbor.com
The Kroger grocery store on Carpenter Road in Pittsfield Township reopened around 11:30 Monday morning after a strong smell of gas prompted an evacuation earlier in the day.
Fire Chief Sean Gleason said people noticed a strong odor of gas inside and outside the store about 9:30 am. Monday. DTE Energy crews responded, shut off all the gas appliances and checked for a gas leak but found no problems, he said.
The gas smell dissipated quickly and no other businesses had to be evacuated, Gleason said. DTE crews were still at the store at 11:40 a.m.
Roger Quinn was shopping at the store near the intersection at Carpenter and Packard roads when the order to evacuate was made. The gas odor was strong, he said.
Gleason said such an odor can occur with no evidence of a problem. "Sometimes you just get a buildup of gas," he said.