Smell of gas forces building evacuation

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UPDATE: A strong smell of gas at a Cameron Road store has sparked a building evacuation in Tauranga this afternoon.

Fire and Emergency northern communications shift manager Mau Barbara says a hazmat unit is attendance. A reporter at the scene says there are also four appliances present. 

The evacuation has been carried out at a building between 10th and 11th Avenue. 

“The evacuation of the building is complete. Now we are keeping people away and making things safe for the public," says Mau. 

Mau was unable to determine the cause of the incident. 

The reporter at the scene says staff at Fuji Xerox and Jaycar have evacuated the building. 

Earlier: Reports are coming in of a gas leak on Cameron Road.

A caller to the 0800 SUNLIVE news hotline says there is a strong smell of gas near Fuji Xerox, near 11th Ave.

People are advised to drive with caution or avoid the area if possible

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