Several businesses at 1825 Tamiami Trail in Port Charlotte were evacuated Wednesday morning after a caller reported the smell of gas.

The call came from the Best RX Pharmacy in the vicinity of the Fortune Garden Chinese restaurant and a nail salon, in the same mall housing Books A Million and Staples off Cochran Boulevard, according to Charlotte County Fire & EMS spokesperson Todd Dunn.

After business owners and managers were told to evacuate, a thorough check of that part of the mall did not reveal a gas leak, said Dunn.

The “all clear” was given around 11 a.m., within an hour of the call.

A worker at Golden Krust Caribbean Restaurant in that section of the mall told officials the pharmacy had previously reported smelling gas.

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