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Natural gas smell forces Walmart evacuation

VICTORVILLE • The Victorville Walmart Supercenter began an evacuation Sunday night due to a strong smell of natural gas in the area.

The San Bernardino County Fire Department was dispatched at 8:20 p.m. to the Super Walmart on Amargosa Road, where an evacuation process had been started, according to Division Chief Don Trapp.

When the fire department arrived on scene, the smell of natural gas had already dissipated. The gas company also responded to the scene and declared the area safe after inspection. Customers were soon allowed to re-enter Walmart and business continued as usual.

According to Trapp, the fire department received multiple reports of the smell of natural gas between the intersection of Seventh Street and Amargosa Road all the way to Bear Valley Road. Walmart was the only business to start an evacuation.

“We thought the smell might be from a truck on the freeway overheating,” Trapp said, explaining that the source of the smell is still unknown.

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