Burger King gas leak overcomes student

Last updated 18:54 16/01/2014

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An Auckland woman was overcome by fumes from a gas leak at a Burger King store and passed out when she returned home.

Student Natasha Austin, 19, ate at the New Lynn Burger King yesterday evening but she felt ill after a few minutes in the store.

"All you could smell was LPG," she said.

She developed a headache and felt nauseous and her mother became dizzy.

Austin said she passed out when she got home and woke this morning feeling "out of her body" and as if she had a terrible hangover.

She rang the company today and a manager confirmed there had been a gas leak.

A Burger King spokeswoman told Fairfax Media the store had "a small leak coming from a fryer in the back".

A regional manager had investigated and the restaurant was closed for about an hour at midday while the leak was repaired.

No other reports of illness had been received from customers and no staff were affected by the gas, she said.

The manager had been in contact with Austin and had invited her back in to the store for a meal on the company, she said.

Austin disputed that she had been invited to the restaurant.

"I wouldn't eat there again," she said.

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