Noxious fumes cause evacuation of Olive Garden

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Posted 3/4/18

The Olive Garden restaurant was evacuated on Friday afternoon after several restaurant employees and customers became ill from noxious fumes.

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Noxious fumes cause evacuation of Olive Garden

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The Olive Garden restaurant was evacuated on Friday afternoon after several restaurant employees and customers became ill from noxious fumes.

According to  Sgt. Evie West, public information officer for the Cleveland Police Department, the Cleveland Fire Department responded to Olive Garden at 1:04 p.m. to investigate an odor “and multiple complaints by individuals of nausea and vomiting.”

Restaurant personnel were advised by fire officials to begin evacuation while fire engines were en route. Cleveland Fire Department Hazardous Incident Response Unit – the CFD’s hazardous materials team – entered the restaurant to confirm total evacuation and any imminent life threats.

“A list of all chemicals involved were produced and it was determined that ortho boric acid was the primary cause of symptoms described by employees,” West stated.

Ortho boric acid, also called boric acid, is often used as an antiseptic, insecticide and flame retardant, among its other uses.

Eleven Olive Garden employees transported themselves to Tennova Emergency Room where they were treated, West said.

According to Cleveland Fire Department Chief Ron Harrison, the Hazardous Incident Response Unit had isolated the scene in order to monitor the air quality and planned to release the scene when clear. He added he understands restaurant management plan to bring in a cleaning team after the scene is released.


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