Kent Fred Meyer evacuated after natural gas leak

Staff writerNovember 11, 2013 

A Kent Fred Meyer store was evacuated Monday when a forklift hit a natural gas line connected to a room heater, Kent Fire said.

Firefighters were dispatched shortly before 2 p.m. to the 10200 block of Southeast 240th Street.

The leak happened in a storage area of the store. One employee was treated for natural gas exposure at the scene and released. No one else was affected.

The gas was shut off, and when the store was cleared of all natural gas, employees could reenter. It wasn't clear when customers would be allowed inside, Kent Fire said.

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