One fast-food worker has died and several people have been hospitalized after a chemical reaction involving a cleaning agent on Thursday at a Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant in Burlington, Mass. He told reporters that the cleaning product is called "Super 8" and contains sodium hypochlorite, which is a "high concentrate" of chlorine.
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Ten other people at the restaurant - eight employees and two customers - checked themselves in to hospitals Thursday, with symptoms including breathing difficulties, watery and runny eyes, and shortness of breath, Patterson said. They rushed him to the hospital, where medical personnel were unable to save him.
First responders found a male employee outside the restaurant suffering with nausea after inhaling the fumes, Patterson said.
They were being treated with oxygen, and none of them was believed to be in serious condition, according to Patterson.
He could give no information about the employee who died.
After emergency crews were called and the restaurant was evacuated, hazardous materials teams in grade-two suits were called upon to investigate the scene.
Goldberg says a person who sees an unidentified cleaning agent or unknown liquid on the floor should not add anything to the mix.
A Burlington Fire Department spokesman confirmed the information about the victim, whose name hasn't been released.
"We are shocked and saddened to learn of this horrific accident at our franchise-owned sports bar and are working closely with our franchisee and the authorities while they conduct an investigation", Buffalo Wild Wings said in a statement released to the media.
As the second employee ran out of the restaurant to get fresh air, Baldera stayed behind and attempted to drain the substance out of the building, according to Boston 25 News.
The restaurant, located in the Boston suburb of Burlington, has closed until authorities can definitively determine the cause of the accident and ensure the unit can safely reopen.
Burlington fire officials said in a statement Thursday night that the probe is being conducted "by the Burlington Fire and Police Departments, with assistance from the state Department of Fire Services and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)".