McDonald's in Washington state closed by rat infestation

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McDonald’s in Washington State Closed due to Rats

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Health officials in Washington state said a McDonald's in Pierce County has been closed because of rat infestation.

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The restaurant, in the Parkland area, closed voluntarily Sunday and remains closed.

Nathaly and Demarcus Williams took video of rats running across the floor inside the closed restaurant. A sign on a door says "Closed for maintenance."

Steve Metcalf, communications specialist for Tacoma-Pierce County Health, confirmed that the video was from the Parkland store and that the owner has hired a pest-control company.

Metcalf said before the store can reopen, it will have to go through a full inspection.

The store's owner, Joyce Oubre, released the following statement:

“The health and safety of our guests and crew are a top priority. We are working closely with the Tacoma-Pierce County health department and look forward to continuing to serve our guests in Parkland,” Oubre wrote.

A 2016 inspection at the same McDonald's found a large rat running across the kitchen floor with the back door open.

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