EMERGENCY services have declared Kinross Central Shopping Centre safe after it was evacuated because of a gas leak this morning.
Nine Department of Fire and Emergency Services Authority crews responded to an initial emergency call about a refrigerant gas leak before 8am.
What shoppers thought was smoke was in fact gas hitting the air and becoming what looked like smoke.
“As a precaution we evacuated the centre,” a DFES spokeswoman said.
“A field liaison officer did some testing and confirmed the area was safe.
“The gas was being dispersed naturally and as a result wasn’t a significant harm to the community.”
The spokeswoman said there had been “some food spoilage but no damage to the building”.
Three fire crews remain at the centre.