Restaurant manager died after inhaling toxic fumes from cleaning supplies at Buffalo Wild Wings


Authorities in Massachusetts have identified the man who died from a dangerous chemical incident in a Buffalo Wild Wing as the restaurant manager.

The Burlington Fire Department said Ryan Baldera, 32, of Lawrence, Massachusetts, died Thursday after inhaling toxic fumes produced by cleaning supplies in the kitchen at the Buffalo Wild Wings in Burlington, Massachusetts.

Baldera would be the general manager of the restaurant. He was married in 2018 and was the father of a newborn baby, WCVB reported.

Massachusetts Buffalo Wild Wings general manager Ryan Baldera, 32, died Thursday night after inhaling toxic fumes caused by the chemical reaction of two cleaning products.

Authorities said in a statement Friday that a preliminary investigation indicated that an anonymous employee applied Super 8 and Scale Kleen to the kitchen floor while cleaning. The two substances then reacted with each other, producing toxic fumes.

Baldera (pictured) allegedly tried to 'scrape' the hazardous material, which was accidentally mixed by another employee, out of the restaurant's kitchen when it was overwhelmed by the fumes

Baldera (pictured) allegedly tried to ‘scrape’ the hazardous material, which was accidentally mixed by another employee, out of the restaurant’s kitchen when it was overwhelmed by the fumes

Twelve people – a mix of restaurant workers and customers – checked in at Lahey Hospital and a 13th person self-checked in at a Lowell area hospital last night after the incident, reported said firefighters in the press release.

Symptoms ranged from difficulty breathing to burning sensations in the eyes.

All patients have since been discharged from the hospital.

Baldera reportedly tried to “get the product out of the building and it was defeated,” Acting Fire Chief Michael Patterson said Thursday evening.

The employee who initially tried to mop the floor was reportedly immediately exposed to the toxic fumes, but quickly left the area to get some fresh air.

When authorities arrived at the restaurant around 5:30 p.m., they found Baldera suffering from nausea. He was then taken to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Officials responded to reports of a chemical reaction in the kitchen of the Burlington restaurant on Thursday.  First responders are pictured at the scene here

Officials responded to reports of a chemical reaction in the kitchen of the Burlington restaurant on Thursday. First responders are pictured at the scene here

A Hazmat team is pictured at the scene following the chemical accident inside the restaurant

A Hazmat team is pictured at the scene following the chemical accident inside the restaurant

Acting Fire Chief Michael Patterson is pictured at the scene of the tragedy

Acting Fire Chief Michael Patterson is pictured at the scene of the tragedy

Massachusetts Police said 13 people, a mix of restaurant workers and customers checked into hospital after the incident at the Burlington Buffalo Wild Wings (pictured)

Massachusetts Police said 13 people, a mix of restaurant workers and customers checked into hospital after the incident at the Burlington Buffalo Wild Wings (pictured)

An ambulance is pictured at the scene of the chemical incident in Massachusetts

An ambulance is pictured at the scene of the chemical incident in Massachusetts

Preliminary investigation reportedly showed toxic fumes were caused by mixing Super 8 (left) and Scale Kleen (pictured) floor cleaning products

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Preliminary investigation reportedly showed toxic fumes were caused by mixing Super 8 (left) and Scale Kleen (right) floor cleaning products (archive footage)

After evacuating the building, the firefighters requested a level 1 – low level – hazardous materials intervention, according to Mass live.

The cause of the incident is still being investigated by the Burlington Fire Department and Police, with assistance from OSHA.

A spokesperson for Buffalo Wild Wings told DailyMail.com: “We are shocked and saddened to learn of this tragic accident at our franchise-owned sports bar and are working closely with our franchisee and authorities while they are investigating.

“Because the investigation is ongoing, we cannot share any additional comments at this time.”

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