Jewelry Store Odor Prompts Evacuation at Riverside Mall

A strong odor at Robbins Brothers jewelry store in Riverside's Galleria at Tyler Mall prompted a three-hour evacuation. Fire department officials and environmental health teams responded, mitigating the issue and declaring the business safe for reentry.

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Jewelry Store Odor Prompts Evacuation at Riverside Mall

Jewelry Store Odor Prompts Evacuation at Riverside Mall

On Thursday, May 9, 2024, at approximately 5:20 p.m., an unknown odor at the Robbins Brothers jewelry store in the Galleria at Tyler Mall in Riverside, California led to a three-hour evacuation. The mall is located at the intersection of Magnolia Avenue and Tyler Street.

Employees at the jewelry store reported feeling ill due to the strong odor, prompting a call to theRiverside Fire Department. An engine crew and a truck company, consisting of nearly a dozen personnel, responded to the scene and initiated an evacuation after confirming the presence of the suspicious odor.

Why this matters: The swift response and evacuation of the mall highlights the importance of emergency preparedness and collaboration between first responders and local authorities in ensuring public safety. Incidents like this also underscore the need for businesses to have protocols in place to handle unexpected situations and protect their employees and customers.

The department's hazmat unit arrived shortly after and deployed air monitors to assess the air quality, identifying an unknown substance. Working with the Riverside County Department of Environmental Health, the hazmat team efficiently mitigated the issue. "Working in conjunction with the Riverside County Department of Environmental Health, they efficiently mitigated the issue," said Battalion Chief Brian Guzzetta.

After a three-hour evacuation, the business was declared safe for reentry. Neighboring outlets were not impacted, and all Robbins Brothers employees received medical evaluations, with none requiring further medical attention. The exact source of the noxious fumes was not identified.

The Galleria at Tyler Mall is a major shopping destination in Riverside, featuring over 170 stores and restaurants. The mall remains open for business following the isolated incident at Robbins Brothers jewelry store. Fire department officials praised the swift response and collaboration that ensured the safety of employees and shoppers.