At 8:26 am Monday, Contra Costa County Fire responded to a Carbon Dioxide leak at Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen on Lone Tree Way in the City of Antioch.
Upon arrival, firefighters evacuated three employees and began cautioning off the area and evacuated neighboring buildings.
According to Battalion Chief 8 Bob Atlas said firefighters have made entry to the restaurant and have determined there was a leak in one of the tanks of the drinking dispensing system. There was no fire hazard, but they were still working with County Hazmat to mitigate the leak in the tank.
The incident required a single-alarm response along with Contra Costa County Hazardous Materials Unit on scene attempting to shut off the CO2, however, they were having difficulty shutting it off.
According to Renewable Fuels Association, symptoms of overexposure by inhalation include dizziness, headache, nausea, rapid breathing, shortness of breath, deeper breathing, increased heart rate (tachycardia), eye and extremity twitching, cardiac arrhythmia, memory disturbances, lack of concentration, visual and hearing disturbances (including photophobia, blurred vision, transient blindness, hearing loss and ringing in the ears), sweating, restlessness, vomiting, shaking, confusion, flushed skin, panic, parathesis (a sensation of numbness in the extremities), disorientation, convulsions, unconsciousness, coma, and death.
The incident was anticipated to continue for several more hours with a large portion of the parking lot blocked off. Lone Tree Way is still open in both directions.