Brian Hamacher

Hazmat Incident, Evacuation at Lauderdale Lakes Walmart

A Lauderdale Lakes Walmart was evacuated and six people were hospitalized after they suffered respiratory issues inside the store Friday, officials said.

Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue officials said a hazmat team responded to the store at 3001 N. State Road 7. Fire rescue transported six patients, including five employees and one customer, who reported itching and watering eyes and sore throats.

The store was evacuated and later deemed safe. It's believed that cleaning chemicals were the cause, officials said.

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