1 dead, several ill after chemical accident at Buffalo Wild Wings in Massachusetts – NBCNews.com

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1 dead, several ill after chemical accident at Buffalo Wild Wings in Massachusetts – NBCNews.com

One person is dead after a chemical accident occurred at a Buffalo Wild Wings location Thursday in Burlington, Massachusetts.

A restaurant employee was rushed to the hospital after being “exposed to a strong cleaning agent” and died shortly after, the Burlington Fire Department said in a statement. The worker told firefighters who arrived on scene he was feeling nauseous after breathing in fumes.

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“Anyone who was in the restaurant at the time and believes they may be impacted by the incident should seek medical treatment immediately,” the department said.

John M. Guilfoil, spokesman from the fire department, said on Twitter that eight others were seeking treatment at a hospital, six patrons and two employees.

The building was evacuated at about 6 p.m. local time due to a Tier 1 hazmat incident, according to NBC Boston.

The Burlington Fire Department said in its statement there is no active threat to public safety and the investigation is ongoing. The department added that the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has been notified of the incident.

Buffalo Wild Wings said in a statement Thursday evening that it was referring questions to local authorities as they work to determine the cause of the accident.

“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,” the company said.

This is a developing story.

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Doha Madani is a breaking news reporter for NBC News. 

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