November 7 2019

Worker Dies After Chemical Incident at Burlington Buffalo Wild Wings

By: Rich Hosford

Updated Story 10:47 p.m.: 


Interim Chief Michael Patterson reports that a male employee of Buffalo Wild Wings was taken Lahey Hospital and Medical Center in serious condition after being exposed to a strong cleaning agent Thursday evening. The man later died at the hospital. As of 10 p.m., at least 10 other people have checked themselves into the hospital as a result of the incident.


An additional nine people checked themselves in at Lahey Hospital and a 10th person self-checked into a Lowell-area hospital. The patients included both restaurant employees and patrons. Their conditions included difficulty breathing and burning feelings in the eyes.


Authorities say that anyone who was in the restaurant at the time and believes they may be impacted by the incident should seek medical treatment immediately.


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.


Paterson said authorities believe a worker used a cleaning agent called Super 8, a sodium-hypochlorite high concentrate of chlorine, on the floor and for some as-of-yet-unknown reason caused the hazardous material situation 



Firefighters evacuated the building and a Tier 1 hazardous material response was called for.


A state hazardous materials response team entered the building around 9:30 p.m. The building will likely be turned over to management later this evening and a cleanup crew will be called to clean the building.


The cause of the incident is under investigation by the Burlington Fire and Police Departments, with assistance from the state Department of Fire Services and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).


At this time, there is no active threat to public safety.


The Bedford Fire Department responded to provide mutual aid along with Armstrong Ambulance. The Burlington Board of Health was also on scene.


Buffalo Wild Wings released the following statement after the incident: 


“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.”


Original Story:

A worker at Burlington Buffalo Wild Wings has passed after what authorities are saying appears to be a mix-up with a cleaning chemical. 


The incident happened around 6 p.m. on Thursday evening and customers were evacuated from the restaurant by the Burlington Police Department. 


Six other people have been hospitalized with various levels of illness, a spokesperson for the fire department said. 


A Tier 1 Hazmat team is en route to the restaurant for further evaluation of the situation.


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