On January 16, 2016, a fundraiser is planned for Courtney Campbell, a 25-year-old woman who was severely burned last week in her coffee stand located at Everett Mall Way and Fourth Avenue. She is the mother of two little children. The fundraiser will be held at 1716 Hewitt Avenue in Everett, Washington. You can read more about the fundraiser here.
Propane Tank “Contributed” to Fire
The preliminary investigation of the explosion found evidence that the propane tank “contributed” to the explosion. Everett Assistant Fire Marshal Eric Hicks told KIRO 7 News:
“After reviewing security video, we believe a propane tank stored inside the coffee stand contributed to the fire.”
He further said that an explosion could have been the cause of the fire. Propane explosions can be caused by a leak or by an otherwise malfunctioning tank, including a defective valve.
Food Truck and Trailer Propane Explosions
- On August 27, 2015, a propane tank on a food truck exploded in Miami-Dade County, Florida. Although homes were damages, no one was hurt.
- On March 7, 2015, a food truck parked at a home in Lakeville, Minnesota, blew apart, sending metal and glass throughout the neighborhood.1 Twenty houses were damaged in the blast. No one was injured.
- On July 1, 2014, a mother and daughter were killed and 10 others were injured when a propane tank at a food cart exploded, creating a fireball and sending shrapnel flying.2 The incident happened in Philadelphia, which soon after enacted a law requiring city inspections of tanks used by mobile food vendors.
- On September 12, 2013, a food trailer exploded in a high school parking lot in Fresno, California. One man was burned and another was thrown to the ground.