Several people were treated for breathing problems after a “hazardous substances incident” at a Sainsbury’s store in the West Midlands.
Emergency services were called to the supermarket in Longbridge, southwest of Birmingham, just before 10am on Friday after people began suffering from respiratory problems.
The store was evacuated and people were cleared from the area, while seven people were treated with breathing difficulties.
West Midlands Fire Service said around 150 people were evacuated with two people taken to hospital.
“Two fire engines and one of our 4×4 Brigade Response vehicles responded, from Northfield and Kings Norton fire stations, together with a number of officers and colleagues from the police and ambulance services,” the fire service said.
The first crew was at the scene within three minutes of being mobilised.
The fire service added that a 50m cordon has been put in place with other stores within the cordon also evacuated.
A spokesperson for West Midlands Ambulance Service said: “Sainsburys and other nearby buildings were evacuated after several people inside the supermarket experienced respiratory problems.
“A total of seven patients were assessed by the ambulance service after displaying minor respiratory problems.
“Two women received treatment on scene before being conveyed by ambulance, in a stable condition, to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for further checks.
“The remaining five patients were later discharged on scene.
“A number of other people at the scene, who were described as ‘worried but well’, received advice from the team of ambulance staff.”
Longbridge Shopping said on Facebook: “Due to an instore issue Sainsbury’s is currently closed, we will post further updates when we can.”
A Sainsbury’s spokesperson said: “Emergency services attended our Longbridge store this morning. Safety is our highest priority and the store is closed while we assist the police with their investigations.”
The fire service said that the High Street, which had been blocked off as part of the emergency cordon, would shortly reopen, but the Sainsbury’s store would “remain closed for the time being” pending their ongoing investigations.