"Penetrating odour" scare in Ghent shopping centre

The Ghent shopping centre Gent Zuid at the Zuid square, a busy hub in the south of the city, was evacuated for a while yesterday evening after people had noticed a strange smell.  

The first accounts, around 5pm, were speaking of a "penetrating gas smell". However, the issue turned out to be connected to heating oil.

Hundreds of shoppers were evacuated from the building. Fire services soon managed to locate the problem, a leak in a heating oil pipe, and soon had everything under control.