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Three Injured in Delray Beach Catering Warehouse Explosion, Investigators Probe Cause

Three Injured in Delray Beach Catering Warehouse Explosion, Investigators Probe CauseSource: Google Street View
Livi Miller
Published on February 12, 2024

An explosion tore through a catering warehouse in Delray Beach on yesterday afternoon, injuring three people, officials said. The Delray Beach Fire Rescue (DBFR) rushed to the scene at around 2:30 p.m. following reports of a propane explosion at the commercial kitchen located at 2875 South Congress Avenue Suite A, according to a DBFR tweet.

Investigators are trying to piecemeal together what triggered the blast, which occurred as workers were reportedly lighting gas appliances. One victim of the explosion was transported to a local hospital by DBFR, while two other individuals had already been taken to receive medical care prior to the arrival of first responders, DBFR stated. Initial assessments indicated there was no significant fire damage ensuing from the explosion.

The address is listed as the home of a catering company, and sources tell that employees believe a "pilot" was inadvertently left on which may have led to the explosion. While exact details are still being confirmed, two of the injured parties purportedly suffered "significant" burns, with a third victim also seeking treatment for burns to her foot.

No additional injuries were immediately reported in the aftermath of the explosion. Firefighters remained on site well into the afternoon to ensure the blaze was completely extinguished and to assertively ensure that no other individuals were trapped in the devastation. The State Fire Marshal has joined forces with DBFR to investigate the incident, working to pinpoint the exact cause of the explosion and to take any necessary precautions to prevent future hazards.

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