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Mother and Daughter Die in Philly Food Truck Explosion

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Lucrecia Guerra3 years ago

On July 1, 2014, a Philly food truck exploded, killing the owner, a 42-years-old mother, and her 17-years-old daughter, as reported by the Houston Chronicle.

About the Fatal Food Truck Explosion

According to authorities, both mother and daughter died from burn-related injuries following the explosion of the food truck, which was called “La Parrillada Chapina” truck. The accident happened in the Feltonville neighborhood of Philadelphia, leaving two dead and 11 people injured. The blast was caused when a propane tank leak ignited on the cooking grills of the 25-foot truck. The explosion engulfed the truck in flames, which then spread to a nearby utility pole. The truck was carrying two 100-pound propane tanks for the grills. Both tanks were full, and one was in use when the explosion occurred. 

Propane Usage Statistics in the United States

The following figures are provided by Propane 101:

  • About 70,767,000 people in the U.S. use propane for a variety of purposes.
  • 47,000,000 people use propane to grill, being the largest group among propane users. 
  • 81,000 people use propane for agricultural purposes, which is the smallest group of propane users. 
  • According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), propane is not a leading cause on fires in the U.S. Rather, cooking equipment is leading causes of fire. 
  • According to the NFPA, the leading causes of residential propane fires are grills, hibachi, and barbecues. 


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