Coffee Stand Owner Dies When Leak from Propane Cylinder Causes a Fire, Washington

Washington Case Report: 16WA001
Release Date: October 20, 2016
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SUMMARY

In January of 2016, a 26-year-old drive-through coffee stand owner died from burns she received when her stand caught fire. Propane vapor leaking from a 20-pound barbecue style cylinder was ignited by the open flame of a propane space heater’s pilot light. The space heater was used to heat the stand. She had been using the 20-pound cylinder with a coupler adapter to transfer propane to refill1-pound cylinders. These cylinders were used to fuel the space heater. She received burns to 90% of her body and died four days later.

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