Ten people evaluated after Summerville Publix evacuated

VIDEO: Summerville Publix reopens after complaints of breathing problems prompt evacuation
Source: Live 5 News
Source: Live 5 News

SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) - Emergency officials say ten people were evaluated for breathing problems after a Publix in Summerville was evacuated Wednesday afternoon.

Witnesses reported shoppers coughing and leaving the store on 1575 Old Trolley Road.

Officials with the Summerville Fire Department say crews responded to reports of shortness of breath and difficulty breathing.

According to SFD officials, ten people were assessed but no one was transported to the hospital.

Authorities are investigating the cause, and the store has since re-opened.

A Publix corporate spokesperson confirmed that associates and customers had been evacuated from the store.

"The safety of our customers and associates is of utmost importance to us and we are working with local authorities to investigate the situation," spokesperson Kim Reynolds said.

Alexis Farris said she and her dad were shopping at Publix around 4:30 p.m. when they both began coughing.

"Everything in the store looked and smelled fine," Farris said."We were in the checkout line when they were telling us to evacuate. One lady said she felt like she was going to faint because she was coughing so hard and another man we talked to said it felt like it was in his lungs."

According to witnesses, firefighters and EMT were on the scene treating people following the evacuation.

During the incident, police blocked off the parking lot of the shopping center.

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