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Refrigeration unit leak at Pete’s Fresh Market in Gage Park prompts evacuation

Crews were awaiting the arrival of “the big fan unit” to “blow out the bad air,” officials said. No injuries were reported.

Shoppers and employees were evacuated from Pete’s Fresh Market, 5724 S. Kedzie Ave., after a refrigeration leak Feb. 9, 2021.
Shoppers and employees were evacuated from Pete’s Fresh Market, 5724 S. Kedzie Ave., after a refrigeration leak Feb. 9, 2021.
Chicago Fire Department

A Pete’s Fresh Market in Gage Park was evacuated Tuesday afternoon after a refrigeration leak.

A hazardous materials team responded about 4 p.m. to the grocery store, 5724 S. Kedzie Ave., after refrigeration unit leaked, Chicago fire officials said.

Readings indicated a “bad atmosphere” inside and shoppers and employees were evacuated to a nearby McDonald’s, officials said.

Crews were awaiting the arrival of “the big fan unit” to “blow out the bad air,” officials said.

No injuries were reported, officials said.