Florida Restaurant Accident Burns Four Customers

by Carmen Dellutri on July 1, 2011

Florida restaurant accident attorneyFlorida restaurants that prepare food right in front of customers—many using open fames— are becoming increasingly popular. But are they safe? A recent Florida accident confirmed that injuries do occur when proper precautions are not taken to protect customers.

According to the St. Petersburg Times, four customers sitting at a table at Ozona Blue Grilling Company were burned when a waiter was preparing a flambé dessert called Bananas Foster that consisted of bananas, among other ingredients, topped with a shot of burning rum.

The fire was caused when a server poured 151-proof rum into an already flaming pan, authorities concluded. According to the initial fire report, recipes caution that liquor used in flambé recipes should not be poured straight from the liquor bottle, but from a separate cup, ladle or smaller bottle so flames can't travel back into the larger bottle and fuel the fire.

Although employees of the restaurant removed most of the evidence before fire investigators arrived, an eyewitness reported that he saw the flame travel back into the "liquor bottle" of rum and create "an explosion of fire," the report said.

Unfortunately, two customers at the table were severely burned in the explosion. A 25-year-old woman suffered first- and second-degree burns on her body, and 56-year-old woman sitting at the same table suffered respiratory burns. They were both flown by helicopter to Tampa General Hospital as trauma patients, according to officials.

Although the investigation is still ongoing, the fire department report suggests that the restaurant failed to follow the proper procedures for creating the dangerous dessert. To make matters worse, it also appears that restaurant employees tried to cover up their negligence following the accident.

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Florida restaurant accident, you may be entitled to compensation.

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