Resturant Manager Killed After Mixing Two Cleaners and Inhaling Fumes

BURLINGTON, Mass. - Officials have identified the employee killed after being exposed to a strong cleaning agent at the Buffalo Wild Wings in Burlington Thursday evening.

According to officials, firefighters responded to the restaurant on 15 South Avenue on Thursday at around 5:30 p.m. for reports of a chemical reaction in the kitchen.

At the scene, first responders found an employee who said he felt nauseous after breathing in fumes from the cleaning agent. The man was rushed to Lahey Hospital in serious condition, but was later pronounced dead.

On Friday, Burlington Fire officials identified him as 32-year-old Ryan Baldera. Co-workers and friends tell Boston 25 News Baldera was a new dad to a baby boy and got married last year.

"He was just an amazing person," said Tyrone Rodriguez. "Right off the bat when I first met him it was a friendship. Right then and there he took me under his wing. He taught me everything I needed to know, to be a leader."

Rodriguez met Baldera while working under him at the Buffalo Wild Wings in Danvers. He says Baldera was more than just a mentor, he was a friend who taught him so much more than just how to do the job.

"It's very rare to have someone like him," said Rodriguez.

At least ten others were injured in the incident. Interim Burlington Fire Chief Michael Patterson said among those hurt, two were customers and eight were employees. Nine of the injured people drove themselves to Lahey Hospital while the tenth injured person went to a Lowell hospital, he said.

Symptoms included shortness of breath, watery eyes and difficulty breathing. Patterson said patients at Lahey Hospital were treated with oxygen and being monitored.

Patterson said the product that is believed to have caused the incident is Super 8, a common floor-cleaning product that's an approved EPA pesticide. The active ingredient in Super 8, according to the manufacturer, Auto-Chlor Systems, is sodium hypochlorite, which the CDC says is "an effective disinfectant having broad applications."

If inhaled, the person should be removed from the room and breathe in fresh air.

On Friday, officials say the product Scale Kleen, a floor cleaner, was spilled while a worker was using Super 8, a product used to sanitize food preparation surfaces, on the floor and that is what caused the reaction.

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