BRAINTREE (CBS) – Part of the South Shore Plaza in Braintree was evacuated after a chemical spill late Friday afternoon. The incident happened at the Chipotle restaurant inside the mall.
According to fire officials, workers spilled a cleaning product while they were moving it from one area to another.READ MORE: Pfizer Says Its COVID-19 Vaccine More Than 90% Effective In Kids
“They dropped a jug of cleaning solution,” Deputy Fire Chief Joseph Barker said. “Tried to clean it up with another product. It was a chemical reaction.”
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One Chipotle worker was taken to the hospital with a minor burn and eight others were taken as a precaution. The irritation the workers experienced was similar to pepper spray, according to Barker.
“They tried to clean it up making a bad situation worse,” Barker said.
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The businesses directly above and to the sides of the Chipotle restaurant were evacuated as a precaution. The area was deemed safe shortly before 6:00 p.m.