JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – Channel 2 Action News has learned more than a dozen people have become sick at a Lifetime Fitness in north Fulton County.
Johns Creek fire officials confirmed to Channel 2’s Mike Petchenik that a chlorine mixer malfunctioned at an outdoor pool around 7:30 p.m.
We just went inside Lifetime Fitness. An operations employee says the outdoor pool, where kids got sick, is now closed. She says the ops manager is coming to the gym at 10p. We hope to talk with her. pic.twitter.com/tXc7VPIS9s
— Rikki Klaus (@RikkiKlausWSB) August 15, 2018
The malfunction caused too much chlorine to be put into the pool, fore officials said.
We are continuing to gather more information on this story, for Channel 2 Action News This Morning starting at 4:30 a.m.
A total of 28 kids between the ages of 10 and 12, were at the pool for a swim meet.
“We pulled up, and I saw these ambulances, paramedics and fire trucks,” said Cade Patterson, a gym patron.
The 14-year-old came to work out, when he saw the unexpected scene. The teen says he saw paramedics and police wheeling out a girl on a stretcher.
The incident caused several of the kids to vomit and have trouble breathing. Several of the kids also have red eyes.
“That’s really disconcerting. It’s not something you want to hear, and it just worries that me that something like that could happen,” Patterson said. “I’ve been coming here for a really long time, and I’ve never had any issues myself. I hope the kids are doing alright.”
Update: Fire department says chlorine mixer malfunctioned at pool, caused kids to vomit, have trouble breathing. 28 kids were in the pool. 8 taken to area hospitals. Rest treated on scene. @RikkiKlausWSB and @NefertitiWSB will have latest at 11! https://t.co/lUyVcT4xeH
— Mike Petchenik (@MPetchenikWSB) August 15, 2018
Eight kids were taken to area hospitals while others were treated at the scene.
Lifetime Fitness has shut down the location while it investigates the incident.
Channel 2’s Nefertiti Jaquez received a statement from Lifetime Fitness saying,
This evening, our team responded to an issue that led to the evacuation and closure of our outdoor pool area. This evacuation was implemented quickly and with the safety of our members and team members in mind. Additionally, local authorities were engaged to support the evacuation and provide assistance to members and guests, as needed. The pool will remain closed while we review and determine the cause of the issue.
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