By Eyeopener Staff
The former Maple Leaf Gardens, now the Mattamy Athletic Centre (MAC) and Loblaws, was evacuated for around two and a half hours Wednesday evening after reports of suspicious odour.
Paramedics were called at 7:40 p.m. about a suspicious odour and have one person to hospital. They were also treating people on the scene for difficulty breathing, itchy skin and watery eyes.
Customers at Loblaws complained, at which time the store was evacuated. Nobody at the MAC protested but the building was evacuated as a precaution.
Toronto Fire Services were notified at 7:42 p.m. and evacuated the building while they vented it and attempted to find the source of the fumes. The source have not been identified but firefighters ruled out any mechanical causes from the building’s infrastructure.
Carlton Street was closed off to traffic between Yonge and Church streets while firefighters vented the building.
The building was deemed safe at around 10:30 p.m.
— Sydney (@SydMas) January 29, 2015
The MAC and Loblaw have been evacuated due to reports of fumes. TFD and TPS on scene investigating. MAC will remain closed tonight.
— Ryerson University (@RyersonU) January 29, 2015
The MAC is closed for the remainder of the evening. We apologize for any inconvenience & will let you know once programming resumes.
— MAC at the Gardens (@MattamyAC) January 29, 2015
At Carlton & Church, Loblaws and Mattamy Athletic Centre evacuated. Count at least 5 police cars and 3 fire trucks. pic.twitter.com/ILFKsfAazt
— Dilys Chan (@DilysC) January 29, 2015
Loblaws, Maple Leaf Gardens evacuated…police say there’s a substance in air causing respiratory issues for pple pic.twitter.com/55NuN4qUsm
— Cristina Tenaglia (@cristina_CP24) January 29, 2015