WOBURN, fair. – Three people were hospitalized following a Hazmat incident at a Woburn Red Robin, the city's police chief told Boston 25 News. All victims are employed in the restaurant.
The incident happened when someone in the restaurant mixed up cleaning chemicals and caused the plant to evacuate. Three people were decontaminated outside Red Robin before being transported to Lahey Clinic.
WOBURN: 6 Red Robin employees on Washington Street are being treated after someone accidentally mixed some cleaning chemicals. The restaurant will remain closed right now. @ boston25 pic.twitter.com/IN8cLQBnhx
– Malini Basu (@WFXTMalini) November 19, 2019
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Emergency crews remain on site on Washington Street in the city.
This incident comes nearly two weeks after a chemical incident at a Burlington Buffalo Wild Wings killed an employee and sent 10 others to the hospital.
(2/2) Hazmat crews are getting ready to enter Red Robin in Woburn. The fire chief says that an employee was getting ready to clean in the kitchen when chemicals were spilled. The customers sat there eating dinner when they were told that they would be evacuated. @ boston25 pic.twitter.com/u9BkEVuZ99
– Malini Basu (@WFXTMalini) November 20, 2019
A Red Robin spokesman made the following statement regarding the incident:
"Around 4:30 pm local time on Tuesday, November 19, an obvious chemical reaction with cleaning materials occurred in the Red Robin restaurant in Woburn, Mass. Immediately after the reaction occurred, the restaurant's manager on duty evacuated all team members and guests from the restaurant and called 911. (It was 8 team members who worked at the restaurant at the time, including 2 managers.)
The first responders arrived at the restaurant to investigate the incident and check the well-being of team members and others who may have been at the restaurant at the time. Local health department representatives also arrived at the restaurant to work with the management team when investigating the incident.
As the cause of the incident is still under investigation, we are postponing to the first responders for further information on the potential cause of the chemical reaction and the status of team members and others who were in the restaurant at the time. While the incident is being investigated, the restaurant is closed for the time being and will only be opened after approval has been obtained from the health department and other appropriate authorities. "
Editor's note: An earlier version of this story states that six people were hospitalized. A recent Boston 25 News update confirmed that three people were hospitalized
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