Published: Mon, November 11, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Buffalo Wild Wings chemical mixture leaves 1 dead, 10 hospitalized

Buffalo Wild Wings chemical mixture leaves 1 dead, 10 hospitalized

One person is dead and at least 10 others were taken to hospital after chemicals contained within cleaning products at a Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant in MA reacted together, releasing noxious fumes.

Around 5:36 p.m., the Burlington Fire Department responded to the restaurant at 15 South Ave. for a report of a chemical reaction in the kitchen area.

Patterson stated the chemical used was sodium hypochlorite.

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.

Ryan Baldera, a 32-year-old employee, was transported by ambulance to Lahey Hospital where he passed away as a result of his injuries, the statement said.

At least 10 people-including 2 patrons and 8 employees-checked themselves into the hospital after the incident, where they were placed on oxygen and remained under observation, Patterson said. The employee told firefighters who came on the scene that he was feeling dizzy after breathing in fumes.

A Buffalo Wild Wings spokesperson said they are assisting local officials with their investigations.

The employee who died was attempting to squeegee the product out of the building when he was overcome by the chemicals, Patterson said. The product is commercially known as Super 8.

"What we believe happened is a worker at Buffalo Wild Wings used a cleaning agent on the floor", Patterson told reporters. "For some reason tonight, there was just a reaction that led to this".

He tried to get the chemical out of the building after another employee who had mixed the substances had fallen ill, Patterson added.

The restaurant was closed for the rest of the night.

Buffalo Wild Wings said in a statement Thursday evening that it was referring questions to local authorities.

Police and fire are conducting an investigation into the incident. Authorities are urging anyone else who was in the restaurant at the time and believes they may have been impacted to seek medical treatment. The federal Occupation Safety and Health Administration was also notified.

Like this: