Plymouth: School employee dies following haz-mat incident

One fatality is confirmed and over a dozen people have been transported to the hospital from Plymouth’s Manomet Elementary School on Monday following a haz-mat incident.

Plymouth Police and Fire, OSHA ,and the State Fire Marshal were called to the scene at 70 Manomet Point Road Monday morning.

The State Fire Marshal’s office says whether the death is connected to work being done at the school is unknown, because levels of chemicals in the school are very low.

A number of public safety employees and another school employee were taken to the hospital with minor symptoms of eye and throat irritation.

Most of those people have been treated and released.

The victim has been identified as 53 year-old Chester Flattery of Plymouth, a custodian with the Plymouth Public Schools.

He died as a result of “chemical exposure”, as described by authorities.

The building is set to remain closed until officials can identify the chemical.

An autopsy is scheduled on Flattery to determine the cause and manner of his death.

Manomet Elementary School in Plymouth

Manomet Elementary School in Plymouth

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