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.
Odd, this normally happens in the restroom at home a few hours after you've eaten there.
Simmons said the firefighters who first arrived smelled an unusual odor,
Odor? Then it definitely was not carbon monoxide.