Five Employees Sent To Hospital After Chemical Reaction

Five employees of a Goldsboro food processing company were sent to the hospital after a chemical reaction late this morning.

It happened around 11:30 a.m. at SunBurst Foods, that's off U.S. 70 East behind Walmart.

Fire Chief Gary Whaley tells WITN News that some employees were trying to clean a spot on the building's cement floor and had mixed cleaning solution with cement cleaner that contained uric acid.

Whaley says there was a bad reaction which released fumes into the building. He said five employees had difficulty breathing and had headaches. They were taken to Wayne Memorial Hospital where they were eventually treated and released.

The fire chief says there were 50 employees in the building, which was evacuated and ventilated. They were allowed back inside after about 90 minutes.

SunBurst makes pre-packaged sandwiches.


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  • by Donna on Feb 14, 2012 at 03:56 AM
    I think it was more than 90 minutes because I was at the dentist in Snow Hill around 10:30 when the call was dispatched and there were still tons of emergency vehicles at the scene around 12:45.
  • by yukon on Feb 13, 2012 at 03:43 PM
    Hope those chicken salad sandwiches are ok and the employees also
  • by Allen Winters Location: Greenville on Feb 13, 2012 at 03:24 PM
    Shouldnt just mix anything ...lucky there were no casultys
  • by pete Location: grifton on Feb 13, 2012 at 02:22 PM
    was the writing(warning) on the bottles in spanish?
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      by Anonymous on Feb 14, 2012 at 05:12 AM in reply to pete
      ha ha ha...another reason to require ALL employees to speak our country's native language.
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        by ncyankee on Feb 14, 2012 at 05:51 AM in reply to
        you got that one right, went a few weeks ago to apply for a part-time position. guess what, I couldnt speak spanish so I didnt get the job. thats about what happened,
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