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Toxic Fumes At Georgia McDonald's: Woman Dead After Customers Found Unconscious [UPDATED]

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UPDATE, 9/8/11, 2pm EST: An 80-year-old woman has died after toxic fumes at a Georgia McDonald's left 2 customers unconscious and hospitalized 10.

The Associated Press reports:

POOLER, Ga. -- An 80-year-old woman has died after being sickened by fumes at a McDonald's restaurant in south Georgia.

Pooler Police Chief Mark Revenew says Anne Felton of Ponte Vedra, Fla., died early Thursday. She and her husband were customers at the restaurant. An autopsy will be conducted to determine her cause of death.

Felton was one of 10 taken to the hospital Wednesday after firefighters found two customers unconscious in the bathroom and others struggling to breathe.

Authorities suspect cleaning chemicals in the restroom are to blame, but the cause is still under investigation.

McDonald's said in a statement Wednesday that the restaurant reopened after authorities deemed it safe. The company did not immediately comment on Felton's death.

The AP had reported earlier on the fumes at the McDonald's:

One of the customers found unconscious was in critical condition, Pooler Fire Chief Wade Simmons said.

A second person was also admitted to the hospital in nearby Savannah, while the other eight were treated and released, said Memorial University Medical Center spokeswoman Bryna Gordon.

Simmons said firefighters 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, were decontaminated by a hazardous materials team as a precaution, Simmons said. Authorities suspect cleaning chemicals in the restroom are to blame, but a specific cause had not been determined.

Firefighters ventilated the building and took air samples to make certain the restaurant was safe, Pooler Fire Capt. Scott Cribbs said Wednesday night.

A statement issued by McDonald's on behalf of franchisees John and Monique Palamccio said that the restaurant reopened after authorities deemed it safe.

"The safety of our customers and employees is always a priority," they said in the statement. "We wish everyone involved a speedy recovery."

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