Leaky refrigeration system shuts down grocery store

February 26, 1997

A leaky refrigeration system closed Martin's Food Store in Eldersburg for several hours yesterday, and county health officials sought to make certain no food had been spoiled, a spokesman for the grocery said.

Firefighters from Sykesville, Gamber, Winfield and West Friendship in Howard County responded to the store in the 6300 block of Georgetown Blvd. at 2: 42 p.m. and were out 90 minutes, fire officials said.

The spokesman, a store manager who declined to identify himself, said yesterday that no one was injured and no food was spoiled. He said the vapors emitted when a pipe burst were not toxic. As a precaution, the Health Department asked that store personnel tell any customers who might call that they should see their doctor if they experienced breathing problems, he said.

The store will reopen as soon as the Health Department gives its approval, the manager said.

Pub Date: 2/26/97

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