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Buffalo wing wings chemical reaction leaves one employee dead, nearly a dozen hospitalized



One of the restaurant staff at least one of Buffalo Wild Wings, Massachusetts, said.

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Emergency crews responded around 5:30 p.m. to the Buffalo Wild Wings in the town of Burlington, located about 16 miles outside of Boston, after receiving reports in the restaurant's kitchen, Boston's WHDH-TV reported.

A male employee suffering from extreme nausea after being exposed to a chemical cleaning agent and was rushed to the hospital. He died that same evening, Burlington interim fire chief Michael Patterson confirmed. His name has not been released.

Police and fire crews evacuated the restaurant. A state hazmat team what's called the scene.

A Buffalo Wild Wings spokesperson said in a statement: "We are shocked and saddened to learn this horrific accident at our franchise-owned sports bar and are working closely with our franchisee and the authorities while they are conducting an investigation." [1

9659004] 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 remain under observation, Patterson said. The chief urged others who were at the restaurant Thursday night to also seek medical evaluation.

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Authorities believe in a different employee doing the cleaning job on the kitchen floor when he smelled the fumes and immediately fled the building. The man who later stayed behind in the restaurant was a man in the kitchen, Patterson said.

Police and fire are investigating the incident. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has been notified. The Buffalo Wild Wings location remained closed Thursday night.


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