Two injured after can of cooking spray explodes at Kenosha Steakhouse

Caddie Nath

Two employees were injured when a can of cooking spray exploded, causing a flash fire in the kitchen of Breckenridge’s Kenosha Steakhouse Wednesday night.

Fire fighters responded to the Main Street restaurant at approximately 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday following reports of an explosion and a fire.

“Through information we received from the staff, as well as the results from our investigations, we believe the fire started in the kitchen and the cause was accidental,” Red, White and Blue deputy chief Jay Nelson stated in a release.

Patrons and staffers were safely evacuated from the building, but two employees were hospitalized following the incident.

Kenosha’s management said the two injured employees are recovering.

“Everyone got immediate medical care and everyone is recovering very well,” Travis Kathan said this morning.

A sprinkler system triggered by the heat from the fire saved the building from structural damage, according to the statement from Red, White and Blue. The fire was extinguished by the time fire fighters arrived on scene.

“We cannot underestimate the value of sprinklers,” Nelson stated.

No information has been released on the extent or cost of the water damage to the building.

Fire officials believe an aerosol can of cooking spray was left near an open flame on the stove. The heat caused it to expand and explode igniting a flash fire, a “sudden, intense fire,” according to the release.

The Red, White and Blue Fire District reminded the public not to leave flammable objects on or near stoves.

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