Interim Chief Michael Patterson
21 Center St.
Burlington, MA 01803
For Immediate Release
Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019
Contact: Benjamin Paulin
Email: [email protected]
Burlington Fire Department Responds to Hazmat Incident at Buffalo Wild Wings
A Store Employee has Died From Illness Suffered from Strong Cleaning Agent
Media note: A media staging area has been established in the parking lot of the AMC Burlington Cinema 10 movie theater, 20 South Ave.
BURLINGTON — Interim Chief Michael Patterson reports that the Burlington Fire Department has responded to a serious hazardous material incident at Buffalo Wild Wings Thursday night where an employee died after being exposed to a strong cleaning agent.
A male employee was taken Leahy Hospital in serious condition after being exposed to a strong cleaning agent. The man later died at the hospital. Several other people have checked themselves into the hospital as a result of the incident.
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 Department 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 breathing in fumes from the cleaning agent. The man was taken by ambulance to the hospital in serious condition and later died.
Firefighters evacuated the building and a Tier 1 hazardous material response was called for.
The cause of the incident is under investigation. At this time, there is no active threat to public safety. However, the restaurant will be closed for the night while the investigation continues and crews work to make the building safe.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has been notified of the incident.