SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO -- A worker was seriously burned Wednesday in a fire at biotech firm Amgen while he was collecting hazardous waste, authorities said.
The man was involved in a quick, hot "flash fire," around 12:15 p.m. that resulted in him being rushed to the burn unit at Saint Francis Memorial Hospital in San Francisco.
No word was available on his condition, South San Francisco Deputy Fire Chief Travis Nuckolls said.
The unidentified man, who works for waste disposal and cleanup company Clean Harbors, was in the hazardous waste collection room of the facility at 1120 Veterans Blvd. when the fire happened, Cal-Osha spokesman Peter Melton said. The agency is investigating the incident.
Melton said the worker's burns were "significant" and the agency had an investigator at the Amgen facility Wednesday evening.
Amgen spokeswoman Sandra Young said workers were evacuated during the incident, but the building didn't catch fire and no one else was hurt. The fire is under investigation.
Young didn't say whether any hazardous materials leaked during the incident, but she said, "We got an all clear from the fire department and the staff went back inside the offices."
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