Walmart evacuated after employees fall ill

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MARICOPA -- A Wal-Mart Superstore in Maricopa was evacuated Thursday morning after several employees started feeling sick.

Unknown cause

A Wal-Mart in Maricopa was evacuated Thursday morning after employees complained of feeling sick from an unknown cause.

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According to Maricopa Fire Department spokesman Brad Pitassi, about six employees in the bakery reported lightheadedness, nausea and vomiting.

They left the building and called 911, reporting a gas leak.

Pitassi said 70 to 80 employees and approximately 40 customers were evacuated from the store at Maricopa Road and Casa Grande Highway.

Maricopa haz-mat crews, the Gila River Fire Department and Southwest Gas checked the store with gas-monitoring equipment and found the building to be safe to re-enter.

Eight people were treated at the scene and one person was transported to the hospital for further evaluation and medical care.

The cause of the illness is still undetermined.