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Chestnut Hill Legal Sea Foods reopens after CO leak

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When employees at Legal Sea Foods in Chestnut hill arrived at Work Tuesday morning they were greeted with a beeping carbon monoxide alarm and forced to call 911 after evacuating the building.

In a story you saw first on 7News firefighters said when they arrived the CO levels were in the danger zone. They evacuated the building as a result and evaluated one employee who was determined to be OK.

The chain’s owner Roger Berkowitz said the detectors did what they’re supposed to do. Everyone evacuated the building and no one got hurt.

“We have procedures and protocols in place. They absolutely did the right thing. As soon as the alarm went off, they evacuated and called 911,” Berkowitz said.

It was just last month a Legal Sea Foods on Long Island had a carbon monoxide leak that claimed the life of the restaurant’s general manager.

Berkowitz said they're working with fire officials to set new standards when it comes to preventing carbon monoxide issues.

“When we had the incident in New York, it really sensitized us to the fact that this really is an issue in terms of public safety. So what can we do to mitigate that and prevent that?” Berkowitz said.

The odorless gas seeped into the Cottage restaurant next door, which was also evacuated.

“My kitchen crew was in bright and early this morning at 7 a.m. I got a call around 9 a.m. and that’s when they were told to evacuate the building,” John Logomasini, owner of the Cottage restaurant, said.

Officials pinpointed the problem to a malfunctioning oven. The restaurant was eventually ventilated out. After rechecking the levels the businesses were allowed to reopen Tuesday afternoon.

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