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McDonald’s Fumes Kills One, Sickens Nine Others

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Pooler, a city near Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport, has a McDonald’s problem.

Earlier today, September 8, a Florida woman died and nine others were sickened after breathing toxic fumes in the bathroom of a McDonald’s restaurant in south Georgia.  

 Pooler police Chief Mark Revenew said Anne Felton of Ponte Verda, Fla., died early Thursday. She and her husband were customers at the McDonalds fast food restaurant. An autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of death to determine what fumes 80 year-old Felton inhaled.

Felton was one of ten taken to the hospital Wednesday after firefighters found two customers unconscious inside a restaurant bathroom and others struggling to breathe. Eight were treated and released and two were admitted for treatment.

 Authorities said Wednesday they suspected cleaning chemicals in the restroom were to blame, but the cause was still under investigation.

“We continue to work with the local authorities to collect more information about what may have happened,” John and Monique Palamccio, the McDonald’s franchisees who own the restaurant, said in a statement.

The restaurant was evacuated but McDonald’s later said the restaurant had reopened after authorities deemed it safe.

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