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Fuming in Fountain Gate
Hallam and Narre Warren brigades were called to investigate a strong smell of gas in the Fountain Gate Shopping Centre in Magid Drive Narre Warren around 6:20pm on Friday 18 May.
Staff directed firefighters into an area where five people were suffering with coughing and headaches as a result of the fumes. Ambulance Paramedics arrived to assist with the assessment of patients.
Dandenong Hazmat Detection vehicle was responded to help locate the source of the fumes. The shopping centre was not closed down during the incident as fire-fighters attempted to locate the origin of the smell.
Senior Station Officer Greg "Chappy" Chapman stated the fumes were stronger around an hour earlier near a cafe in the food court on the ground floor.
The cause of the incident was eventually traced down to chillies being cooked in the Nandos restaurant with the resultant fumes entering the air-conditioning system.
Chappy was happy to have tracked down the source (sauce) of the odour!
Crews returned back to station some fifty minutes after the initial callout.