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Restaurant worker sets off fiery explosion

PALM HARBOR — Four restaurant customers were injured when an employee flaming a dessert set off an accidental explosion Saturday night, fire officials said.

It happened at 7 p.m. at Ozona Blue Grilling Co., 125 Orange St. N, according to Palm Harbor Fire Rescue spokeswoman Liz Monforti. The employee was flaming a bananas foster dessert before the explosion, she said.

Two of the burn victims, a 25-year-old woman and a 56-year-old woman, were flown by helicopter to Tampa General Hospital in serious condition, officials said.

Two more victims, a 25-year-old man and a 58-year-old woman, were also injured, but refused medical treatment, fire officials said.

An off-duty firefighter who was in the restaurant provided first aid before paramedics arrived, Monforti said.

Restaurant worker sets off fiery explosion 06/11/11 [Last modified: Saturday, June 11, 2011 11:15pm]
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