Gas fumes prompt evacuations

February 28, 2009 6:51:18 AM PST
North Texas authorities have evacuated between 60 and 80 homes and as many as 20 businesses after finding a vacant department store building saturated in gasoline. Fire officials received a phone call reporting the fumes late Friday afternoon. They found that a cleaning crew was using gasoline to strip tiles off the floor of the old building, located in a strip shopping mall in suburban Dallas.

Fearing a fire or explosion, officials ventilated the building and evacuated everyone within a 1,000-foot perimeter.

They continued to monitor the situation on Friday night.

"What kind of cleaning company would be crazy enough to clean something with gasoline?" evacuee David Hiles told TV station KDFW.

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