Update: McDonald’s to reopen at around 3pm after gas leak in Tavern Street

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Eight people were treated for gas inhalation after a leak at McDonald’s in Tavern Street, Ipswich.

Gas leak at McDonalds, Tavern Street, Ipswich

Gas leak at McDonalds, Tavern Street, Ipswich

Eight people were treated for gas inhalation after a leak at McDonald’s in Tavern Street, Ipswich.

The members of staff were given oxygen at the scene after a carbonated drinks machine leaked carbon dioxide. None of those involved needed hospital treatment.

The store was closed until 3pm and a section of the street cordoned off following the incident at 11.15am this morning.

A spokesperson for Suffolk Fire and Rescue said: “On arrival, two ambulances were already in attendance treating a number of staff who had experienced the effects of a CO2 leak.

Gas leak at McDonalds, Tavern Street, Ipswich

Gas leak at McDonalds, Tavern Street, Ipswich


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“A fire and rescue crew wearing breathing apparatus entered the premises and isolated a valve from a cylinder in the basement.

“The premises was then ventilated using positive pressure ventilation to ensure fresh air within and any residual CO2 had been expelled.

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“The company that provide and service the cylinders were contacted and are to attend.

“Operations ceased at about 12noon.”

A McDonald’s spokesman said: “We can confirm there was a CO2 leak at this restaurant, from a carbonated drinks machine.

“By way of precaution, the restaurant was evacuated and some members of staff were given oxygen. Nobody was hospitalised as a result of this and we are not aware of any customer being affected.

“Environmental health officers have inspected the site already and are happy with the actions of our staff.

“We are looking forward to opening again around 3pm this afternoon and apologise for any inconvenience and alarm caused.”

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