Official statement on behalf of John and Monique Palmaccio, McDonald's Franchisees:
POOLER, GA September 8, 2011 – "As the owners of this restaurant, my wife and I are deeply saddened by this tragic incident. The safety of our customers and employees has and will continue to be our number one concern. Our thoughts and prayers remain with the families who have been impacted.
At this point, the authorities have been unable to determine the cause of this incident. After their thorough on-site investigation, the restaurant was deemed to be safe and reopened on Wednesday afternoon.
We continue to work with the local authorities to collect more information about what may have happened."