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.