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    Costco in Mesa, Ariz. Evacuated Due to Freon Cloud

    MESA, Ariz. -- A Costco store here was evacuated late Monday after a refrigeration unit leak created a Freon cloud. Up to 500 people were evacuated from the store.

    MESA, Ariz. -- A Costco store here was evacuated late Monday after a refrigeration unit leak created a Freon cloud. Up to 500 people were evacuated from the store.

    No one required treatment, although five people complained of throat and eye irritation, according to a report in The Arizona Republic.

    A HAZMAT team was called in to let the tank empty and ventilate the store. The store reopened by 8 p.m. on Monday.

    Issaquah, Wash.-based Costco Wholesale Corp. operates 471 warehouses, including 346 in the United States and Puerto Rico, 66 in Canada, 17 in the United Kingdom, five in Korea, four in Taiwan, five in Japan, and 28 in Mexico.

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