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Santa Barbara County Store Closed For Hours Due To Hazardous Materials Leak

Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 12:40am

A big box store in Santa Barbara County is back in business today, but it was shut down for hours yesterday by a hazardous materials leak.

Reports of a chemical leak prompted employees to evacuate a Costco store on the 7000 block of Marketplace Drive in Goleta just before 4 p.m. yesterday.

Employees thought it might be a leak in a refrigeration unit. Santa Barbara County firefighters shut down the unit’s compressors, and the leak stopped. They determined the leak was a chemical known as R-22, which is a flammable gas that’s heavier than air. The firefighters vented the building, and employees were able to return to the store about two and a half hours later.

One employee was checked at the scene for possible exposure to the gas, but didn’t require treatment.

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