Food truck explodes in Forestdale leaving seriously burned person

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FORESTDALE, Ala. (WBRC) – Forestdale firefighters are working diligently to determine what caused the explosion of a food truck Friday in Forestdale Square. Witnesses say the food truck owner was inside when the chaos began and was quickly taken to hospital.

Many have seen the chaos unfold, and that includes Lara Menka Norris. Norris owns his own food truck and his son was actually hit by some of the debris. Luckily he was fine, but the same cannot be said for the man they saw exiting the damaged truck.

“His skin was hanging off his body. From his neck down to his ankles,” Norris said.

While suffering severe burns, many are simply grateful that he survived.

House Representative Juandalynn Givan was on the scene and said the owner is loved by the community.

“KD is a family friend. He’s my brother’s best friend. The fact that he survived this incident, I’m just thankful right now that there was no loss of life. I pray for him. I pray for his family,” Rep. Givan said.

Many are just thankful they weren’t hurt. The event usually draws a large crowd, and a gas card giveaway event drew dozens more to the area.

“Fortunately and by the grace of God, everyone is safe, but the crowd was packed and it could have been a lot worse than it was,” said food truck owner Phillip Powell.

The explosion raises many questions. Like how closely are food trucks inspected? And who takes care of their maintenance?

Powell owns the Awe Shucks Fire Roasted Corn food truck and says the city regularly inspects all vehicles. “The city does a great job of making sure all of our food trailers are fire inspected. Making sure we’re using propane properly, all our lines and everything, because they do random pop-ups every time.

Powell called the incident a freak accident, but firefighters are still trying to get full details.

“We are doing a thorough investigation to find out the source of the problem and the source of ignition. No other injuries. We have secured the scene and there is another danger in this area at the moment, ”said Forestdale Fire Chief Ty Gober.

Forestdale Fire Chief Ty Gober said the state fire marshal’s office has been notified and will also be investigating as someone has suffered a serious burn. The office confirmed that the injuries did not appear to be life threatening.

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