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Newton restaurants evacuated after carbon monoxide leak

Two Newton restaurants were cleared this morning, after a faulty oven caused a carbon monoxide leak, firefighters said.

A dozen employees were evacuated from Legal Sea Foods and The Cottage restaurants on Boylston Street in the Chestnut Hill neighborhood, said Newton Fire Lieutenant Eric Fricke in a telephone interview this afternoon.

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One man complained of light-headedness and was evaluated on scene, said Fricke.

An oven inside the Legal Sea Foods leaked the gas about 9 a.m., said Fricke.

The buildings were ventilated, said Fricke.

Both restaurants were closed at the time of the incident, but they are expected to open shortly for lunch, said Fricke.

Jacqueline Tempera can be reached at Follow her on twitter @jacktemp
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