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One sickened by McDonald's fumes dies
ajcnews.com ^ | 9-8-11

Posted on 09/08/2011 9:14:04 AM PDT by rawhide

A hospital official says one person who was sickened by fumes at a McDonald's restaurant in Pooler has died.

Memorial University Medical Center spokesman Michael Notrica confirmed the death Thursday but said he could not provide any details about the person.

Authorities said 10 people were taken to the hospital Wednesday after firefighters found two customers unconscious inside a restaurant bathroom and others struggling to breathe. Notrica said eight were treated and released and two were admitted for treatment.

Pooler Fire Chief Wade Simmons earlier said one of the customers found unconscious was in critical condition, but it was not clear whether that was the person who died.

The restaurant was evacuated but a statement later issued by McDonald's said the restaurant had reopened after authorities deemed it safe.


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KEYWORDS: fumes; mcdonalds
Wonder what could have caused this?
1 posted on 09/08/2011 9:14:12 AM PDT by rawhide
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To: rawhide

Wrong mixture of common cleaning supplies produced chlorine gas?


2 posted on 09/08/2011 9:16:41 AM PDT by umgud
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To: rawhide
Previous article from yesterday:

http://www.ajc.com/news/fumes-at-mcdonalds-leave-1161928.html

Fumes at McDonald's leave 2 unconscious, sicken 9

Nine people were taken to a hospital after firefighters found two customers unconscious inside a bathroom and others struggling to breathe at a McDonald's restaurant outside Savannah, authorities said.

One of the customers who was found unconscious in the restroom was listed in critical condition Wednesday afternoon at Memorial Medical Center in Savannah, Pooler Fire Chief Wade Simmons said.

Simmons said the firefighters who first arrived smelled an unusual odor, and the restaurant was evacuated. He said people were complaining of difficulty breathing.

At least 20 people, including three Pooler firefighters who responded to the restaurant, were decontaminated by a hazardous materials team as a precaution, Simmons said.

Officials suspect cleaning chemicals in the restroom are to blame, but a specific cause had not been determined, Simmons said.

The restaurant is near I-95 and U.S. 80 in Pooler. The town is about 10 miles west of downtown Savannah.

A McDonald's representative at the company's Illinois headquarters was trying to obtain further information about the incident.

3 posted on 09/08/2011 9:16:59 AM PDT by rawhide
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To: rawhide

We peons will never know.


4 posted on 09/08/2011 9:17:27 AM PDT by null and void (Day 957 of America's holiday from reality...)
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To: umgud

Bleach, ammonia, acids.


5 posted on 09/08/2011 9:18:52 AM PDT by umgud
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To: rawhide

Mixing two common household/bathroom cleansers WILL generate poisonous gas;we had a new janitor nearly kill himself that way.And the management of an upscale restaraunt removed and banned one of those from their stores,because if only one of the two are used,either is perfectly safe.Mixing the two is disastrous.


6 posted on 09/08/2011 9:19:03 AM PDT by hoosierham (Waddaya mean Freedom isn't free ?;will you take a credit card?)
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To: rawhide

Michael Moore farted?


7 posted on 09/08/2011 9:20:03 AM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Mark Halperin - Learned the hard way what happens when you speak the truth on PMSNBC.)
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To: rawhide

Hope it wasn’t the special sauce.


8 posted on 09/08/2011 9:21:10 AM PDT by VanDeKoik (1 million in stimulus dollars paid for this tagline!)
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To: rawhide
Wouldn't be surprised if a staff member mixed bleach with ammonia, thereby creating poisonous gases.
9 posted on 09/08/2011 9:21:15 AM PDT by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: rawhide
One of the customers who was found unconscious in the restroom was listed in critical condition Wednesday afternoon at Memorial Medical Center in Savannah, Pooler Fire Chief Wade Simmons said.

Odd, this normally happens in the restroom at home a few hours after you've eaten there.

10 posted on 09/08/2011 9:21:17 AM PDT by IamConservative (They say Sushi is older than fire. Now that we have fire, at my house we call it grilled salmon.)
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To: rawhide

http://community.seattletimes.nwsource.com/archive/?date=20000726&slug=4033719

There are other similar reports out there. Too early to tell with this story, it could be an accident, I certainly hope it is.


11 posted on 09/08/2011 9:21:40 AM PDT by DBrow (Oh the Huge Manatee!)
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To: umgud

Chlorine gas from chemicals is rather obnoxious and these people seem to have been taken unaware.

Carbon Monoxide poisoning maybe?


12 posted on 09/08/2011 9:22:49 AM PDT by Nonsense Unlimited
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda
Apparently the head cook refused comment.


13 posted on 09/08/2011 9:24:36 AM PDT by VanDeKoik (1 million in stimulus dollars paid for this tagline!)
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To: rawhide
More from marketwatch.com:

An 80-year-old Florida woman died Thursday after falling victim to fumes at a McDonald's restaurant in Pooler, Ga., the Associated Press reports. Anne Felton and her husband were customers at the restaurant, from which 10 people were taken to a hospital.

14 posted on 09/08/2011 9:25:01 AM PDT by rawhide
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To: rawhide

Where is Pooler?


15 posted on 09/08/2011 9:28:16 AM PDT by Spunky (Sarah Palin on Polls "Poles are for Strippers and Cross Country Skiers")
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To: Spunky

Near Savannah


16 posted on 09/08/2011 9:29:04 AM PDT by rawhide
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To: VanDeKoik
Well, they got to get supplies from somewhere.

Whaddaya think's in the burgers?

17 posted on 09/08/2011 9:31:03 AM PDT by IYAS9YAS (Rose, there's a Messerschmitt in the kitchen. Clean it up, will ya?)
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To: rawhide

Location near a port. Someone testing a shipment? If this is not an accident, a real problem is traveling away from this region. Hope there is a handle on what happened quick.


18 posted on 09/08/2011 9:33:48 AM PDT by no-to-illegals (Please God, Protect and Bless Our Men and Women in Uniform with Victory. Amen.)
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To: rawhide

Custodian poured bleach on top of Drano? Phosgene is a bitch!


19 posted on 09/08/2011 9:34:21 AM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (Islam is a violent and tyrannical political ideology and has nothing to do with "religion".)
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To: IamConservative
Odd, this normally happens in the restroom at home a few hours after you've eaten there.

Please don't say that - this McD's is just a couple of miles from my office and I eat there often.

Another Pooler McD's story... my sister, who lives in Pooler, had her son's bike stolen and she found it chained to a bike rack at that McDonalds. She asked the cops what to do and they said "it's your bike, take it back".

I went inside, found the manager behind the counter and loudly told him that one of his employees was a thief, I was taking the bike, and if he or anyone else had a problem with that they should bring it outside.

Went outside, fired up my generator and cut the lock off with my skil saw. Nobody said a word.

20 posted on 09/08/2011 9:50:58 AM PDT by LIBERTARIAN JOE (Ron Paul 2012)
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To: rawhide

Hope this is a cleaning accident and nothing more...

Haven’t eaten at a McD’s in years. If they brought back the Big Mac For $1 special they used to have (what...10yrs ago?), I’d head there on foot right now.


21 posted on 09/08/2011 10:07:23 AM PDT by tarotsailor
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To: umgud
Wrong mixture of common cleaning supplies produced chlorine gas?

Bleach and lye --> chlorine gas?

22 posted on 09/08/2011 10:08:05 AM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: rawhide
"Officials suspect cleaning chemicals in the restroom are to blame, but a specific cause had not been determined, Simmons said."

If cleaning agents are involved, they were brought together (ammonia and bleach) by someone who knew what would result. If by accident, they should have found a dead employee slumped over his bucket and mop.
23 posted on 09/08/2011 10:09:31 AM PDT by PowderMonkey (WILL WORK FOR AMMO)
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To: PowderMonkey; All
Since there is a pungent odor associated with mixing these types of chemicals, then difficulty breathing, a question of why was the McD not evacuated and authorities not called sooner? Anyone know? Did someone attempt to empty a container where the chemicals were supposedly mixed? Have any witnesses been spoken with?
24 posted on 09/08/2011 10:27:03 AM PDT by no-to-illegals (Please God, Protect and Bless Our Men and Women in Uniform with Victory. Amen.)
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To: rawhide; All

Another link for this incident ... http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/09/08/2396439/woman-sickened-by-fumes-at-ga.html


25 posted on 09/08/2011 10:33:59 AM PDT by no-to-illegals (Please God, Protect and Bless Our Men and Women in Uniform with Victory. Amen.)
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To: rawhide
I wonder if it was carbon monoxide?
26 posted on 09/08/2011 10:36:28 AM PDT by wintertime (I am a Constitutional Restorationist!!! Yes!)
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To: rawhide

Simmons said the firefighters who first arrived smelled an unusual odor,
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Odor? Then it definitely was not carbon monoxide.


27 posted on 09/08/2011 10:37:33 AM PDT by wintertime (I am a Constitutional Restorationist!!! Yes!)
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To: PowderMonkey
If cleaning agents are involved, they were brought together (ammonia and bleach) by someone who knew what would result. If by accident, they should have found a dead employee slumped over his bucket and mop.
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Good point! You win the “Mr. Monk Award” of the year!

28 posted on 09/08/2011 10:39:19 AM PDT by wintertime (I am a Constitutional Restorationist!!! Yes!)
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To: no-to-illegals

I don’t even understand why the firemen were there to begin with.

Didn’t say anything about someone calling them, or seeing something wrong, etc. It’s almost as if firemen were just there for lunch.


29 posted on 09/08/2011 10:45:21 AM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: the OlLine Rebel

There does appear to be much missing in the reports. Unknown after unknown. Autopsy will provide some information. MHO ... that autopsy should be double time.


30 posted on 09/08/2011 11:05:24 AM PDT by no-to-illegals (Please God, Protect and Bless Our Men and Women in Uniform with Victory. Amen.)
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To: PowderMonkey

When I worked at McD there were at least 4 occasions when guys accidentally mixed bleach and ammonia. None of them wound up doing more damage than giving the person in question a viscous headache, but they all did it in large rooms too. It would be easy to do on accident and walk away, like to clean a toilet (dump them in the toilet and let them get some soak). It’s a tempting mixture for the uninformed cleaner, they both have very desirable cleaning properties, generally the 2 best cleaners in the building. And you don’t generally have the brightest and best working in fast food.


31 posted on 09/08/2011 11:14:47 AM PDT by discostu (keep on keeping on)
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda

Couldn’t be, there were survivors.


32 posted on 09/08/2011 11:56:50 AM PDT by MCF
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To: hoosierham
the management of an upscale restaraunt removed and banned one of those from their stores,because if only one of the two are used,either is perfectly safe.

Same situation where I used to work: cleanser (containing bleach) was still on the custodial supplies stock list, but ammonia had been dropped.

We had a good custodian who bought his own ammonia.

33 posted on 09/08/2011 2:12:49 PM PDT by Tea Party Hobbit (The RINOs lack all conviction, and the Dems are full of passionate intensity)
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To: umgud

Your right on....I have heard of people mixing 2 different chemicals to clean toilets and died from the gas’s released. Got to be careful with glues also...I do crafts and accidently used two different glue’s and you could see the chemical reaction that floated up into to the air...never made that mistake again...


34 posted on 09/08/2011 3:33:54 PM PDT by goat granny
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To: IamConservative

That’s Taco Bell!


35 posted on 11/01/2011 9:10:14 PM PDT by POWERSBOOTHEFAN (Straight and proud.)
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