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.
At 2:30 p.m., DBFR responded to a propane explosion at a commercial kitchen in the 2800 block of S. Congress Ave. One person transported to hospital. Two others were taken to the hospital prior to our arrival. No major fire damage. We’re investigating with State Fire Marshal.— Delray Beach Fire Rescue (@DelrayBeachFire) February 11, 2024
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 BocaNewsNow.com 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.