Published: Sat, November 09, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Buffalo Wild Wings worker dead, 10 hospitalized after chemical incident

Buffalo Wild Wings worker dead, 10 hospitalized after chemical incident

"Their symptoms included difficulty breathing and burning feelings in the eyes".

Two of them were customers and the rest are employees at the restaurant.

A Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant in Jacksonville, Fl. Massachusetts authorities say a Buffalo Wild Wings employee has died and eight others have been hospitalized following a chemical mixture at the restaurant. The worker who died then tried to squeegee the cleaning agent out of the restaurant "when he was overcome", Patterson said.

The manager was exposed to the chemicals after another employee poured the cleaner Super 8 (sodium hypochlorite) on the restaurant's kitchen floor. That employee immediately felt ill and went outside to get fresh air, he said.

The manager was rushed to the hospital when emergency services arrived at the Buffalo Wild Wings branch in Burlington, Mass., and found him in obvious distress, Michael Patterson, assistant chief of the Burlington Fire Department, tells TIME.

He could give no information about the employee who died.

The building was evacuated and a Tier 1 hazmat incident was called.

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"Because the investigation is ongoing, we are unable to share any additional comment at this time", the statement continued. "For some reason tonight, there was just a reaction that led to this".

Patterson said he does not know if the chemical had been mixed with something else.

Patterson said he was told that Super 8 is a "common product used in floor cleaning".

The State Hazardous Materials Team responded and several team members have since entered the restaurant wearing specialized suits.

"We are shocked and saddened to learn of this tragic accident at our franchisee-owned sports bar and are working closely with our franchisee and the authorities while they conduct an investigation", the spokesperson said.

They were being treated with oxygen, and none of them was believed to be in serious condition, according to Patterson.

The cause of the incident is still being investigated by the Burlington Fire and Police Departments, with assistance from OSHA. He also said the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration had been informed of the incident and that local law enforcement will conduct an investigation.

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