12 Injured, 2 Critical in Food Truck Propane Tank Explosion in Philadelphia

Food truck explosion in Philadelphia’s Feltonville neighborhood shows cars shake and bystanders arrive immediately with fire extinguishers.

Philadelphia firefighters responded about 5:30 p.m.Tuesday to a food truck explosion on 3rd Street near Wyoming Avenue. The explosion caused a propane tank to fly about 50 feet into the backyard of a home as flames expanded horizontally and vertically about 200 feet.

Two people working inside the truck, Olga Galdemez, 42, and her 17-year-old daughter, Jaylin Landaverry, were working inside the truck when the explosion occurred. Both suffered severe burns across much of their bodies, and were listed in critical condition at Temple University Hospital.

Two pedestrians nearby were listed in listed in critical condition, but were upgraded to stable condition by Wednesday. The two pedestrians suffered second and third degree burns.

Eight other pedestrians were treated and released.

Investigators believe the rear left propane tank ignited and exploded in The La Parrillada Chapina food truck. “La Parrillada Chapina” translates to the roasted little trunk fish or box fish.

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