Ophelia Buckleton is a reporter for the Weekend Herald and Herald on Sunday.

Two people injured after harmful gas leak at Paraparaumu supermarket

Gas leaked from a freezer at Countdown supermarket in the Coastlands Shopping Centre this afternoon. Photo/Google Maps
Gas leaked from a freezer at Countdown supermarket in the Coastlands Shopping Centre this afternoon. Photo/Google Maps

Two people have complained of dizziness after inhaling a harmful gas leaking from a freezer at a supermarket in Paraparaumu.

Central Fire Service shift manager Murray Dunbar said emergency services were notified of a "refrigerant leak" at Countdown supermarket in the Coastlands Shopping Centre about 3.30pm.

Six people overcome from gas inhalation were treated by Wellington Free Ambulance staff at the scene and two patients complaining of dizziness were taken to Wellington Hospital in moderate condition.

A number of fire trucks and a specialist hazardous materials vehicle were at the scene.

Fire staff have since handed over to refrigeration contractors.

- NZ Herald

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