February 17, 2013

Maine Mall reopens after brief evacuation

By Beth Quimby bquimby@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

The Maine Mall in South Portland was briefly evacuated Sunday afternoon due to a possible gas leak.

A South Portland Police dispatcher said the mall was emptied early Sunday afternoon. The mall reopened a short time later.

Lt. Robb Couture of the South Portland Fire Department told The Associated Press that a snow plow truck struck a gas line outside of the mall, but that the leak was quicky contained.

Emergency medical workers were evaluating several people at the scene. The mall, which was fairly busy at the time, was evacuated at about 1:35 p.m. and reopened about 15 minutes later. Mall management was not immediately available for comment.

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