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DEKALB COUNTY, GA (CBS46) -

DeKalb County officials will work Wednesday to determine what caused an awning to collapse at a McDonalds on Tuesday.

It happened around 1:20 p.m. at the restaurant on Chamblee Tucker Road.

DeKalb County fire officials could not immediately determine a cause as first responders were focused on identifying potential victims.

"Our first priority was to look for victims and make sure no one was trapped under there," William Roberts with the DeKalb County Fire Department said.

Firefighters searched through the rubble outside the fast-food restaurant to see if anyone was injured.

"It's scary, the fact that it could have been me going right into that McDonald's. I mean, it was just right under the door that I always use," customer Joaquin Contreras said.

Investigators are trying to determine why the red awning collapsed without warning.

"We can't say that it has anything to do with the rain or not. At first appearance, it doesn't seem so, but all this stuff is under investigation," Roberts said.

Firefighters confirmed that no one was injured. The awning is 20 feet wide and 100 feet in length.

"I come here often, about twice a week. I was going to come today, but I decided to go to Subway, which is on the block. I was just trying to eat healthy today, and luckily, I was over there when this happened," Contreras said.

CBS Atlanta News spoke with McDonald's management on the scene, and they said the restaurant will be closed until they can make repairs and determine the cause.

John Tamasi, owner/operator of the Chamblee McDonald's location, released the following statement on Wednesday:

"While I am troubled that a portion of my restaurant's awning collapsed, I am very thankful that no customers or employees were injured. The restaurant is closed while we work with authorities to understand the cause of this incident. As soon as we confirm that the building is secure and does not pose any risk to customers or employees, I plan to reopen and look forward to once again working with my restaurant team and serving our customers."

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