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Firefighters Evacuate Potomac Giant Supermarket After 14 Fall Ill

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By Rebecca Blatt

A Giant Food grocery store has been evacuated in Potomac, Maryland after 14 people fell ill and complained of a strange odor in the store.

Firefighters and a hazardous materials team were called to the scene on Tuckerman Lane Near Seven Locks Road at about 1:20 this afternoon.

Captain Oscar Garcia is a spokesman for the Montgomery County fire department. He says firefighters are evaluating 14 people who fell ill after smelling what they thought was gasoline throughout the store. He also says one person is being sent to the hospital and more may follow.

It's not clear how many are store employees and how many are customers.

Two smaller shops nearby also were evacuated.

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