INVESTIGATIONS are continuing into what caused a strong odour which forced the Harvey Norman Complex at South Nowra to be evacuated on Monday, June 29.
Fire and Rescue NSW Shoalhaven and Nowra crews were called to the complex around 1.30pm after a strong odour of some sort of gas or petroleum fuel was detected at the complex.
It is understood some sort of internal building work was being carried out at the location, with the smell emanating from work on a new footing area.
Fire crews conducted gas detection and investigations, while the FRNSW Hazmat Unit from Shellharbour was also called in.
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As a precaution, the Harvey Norman Complex was evacuated and the business remained closed for the afternoon as further testing was carried out to try and locate the source of the smell.
Shoalhaven City Council environmental staff also attended the scene and a number of soil samples were taken from the site for analysis.
Fire crews left the scene around 5.30pm.
Harvey Norman was reopened for business as usual on Tuesday morning, with the construction work on the site temporarily stopped until the test results are known.