November 8 2019

Buffalo Wild Wings General Manager Who Died in Chemical Incident Identified as Ryan Baldera, Husband and Father of Newborn

By: Rich Hosford


The general manager of Buffalo Wild Wings who passed away attempting to clean up a spill of a toxic cleaning supply has been identified as Ryan Baldera by the Burlington Fire Department.


Reports say Baldera, 32, of Lawrence, leaves behind a wife and newborn child. Authorities say he is from Lawrence.


Authorities say that at 5:36 p.m., the Burlington Fire and Police Departments responded to Buffalo Wild Wings, 15 South Ave. for a report of a chemical reaction in the kitchen area.


Upon arrival, firefighters came upon a male employee who was suffering from nausea after it is believed that he breathing in fumes from the cleaning agent. The man was taken by ambulance to the hospital in serious condition and later died.


A preliminary investigation conducted in conjunction with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) indicates that a second employee had applied two substances, Super 8 and Scale Kleen, to the kitchen floor while attempting to clean it. The two substances reacted with one another, creating toxic fumes.

Baldera, who was not the one who put the chemical down, attempted to clean it up himself after ushering other employees away before succumbing to the fumes. 


A fund has been set up for Baldera’s family. If you’d like to make a donation, you can do so at Cambridge Savings Bank, care of The Ryan Baldera Memorial Fund. 


You can also mail donations to Cambridge Savings Bank c/o The Ryan Baldera memorial Fund, 214 Cambridge Street, Burlington, MA 01803.


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