ESTERO, Fl.- Dozens of shoppers were forced to evacuate restaurants, stores and a movie theater at Gulf Coast Town Center Sunday afternoon.
Shortly after 12 p.m., San Carlos Fire Chief David Cambareri said fire fighters were called to the shopping center for reports of smoke. Cambareri told WINK News there was a problem with a Florida Power and Light power grid that started in the Red Robin and moved through the mall.
"There was never any visible flame but we had electrical issues that created a smoldering, smoke effects in the buildings from different electrical problems," said Chief Cambareri.
17 trucks from several agencies responded to the scene, including crews from the county's incident management team, San Carlos Fire District, Lee County Sheriff's and FPL.
FPL switched the power grid, then fire crews went store to store inspecting the wires. No one was injured. At this point, it is unclear what caused the initial malfunction.
As of 3 p.m., the majority of businesses in the area had been reopened.