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Explosion burns three people; two life-flighted from the area

Photos and video provided by Sage Jacobson

The Star Valley EMS, Afton Volunteer Fire Department, Afton Police Department, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and other officials responded to the call of a fire at one of the food vendors at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds at approximately 8:30 a.m. Monday.

The AVFD extinguished flames at the Cowboy Cookin’ food trailer.

“We received word of an explosion,” said Afton Police Chief Jason Romberg. “Upon arrival we found that one of the food trucks was on fire. There were three people injured. Two of them were life-flighted for major burns. The other was treated and released for minor burns.”

Romberg stated that the initial investigation pointed to a build up of propane inside the trailer. When individuals attempted to light the pilot light the build up caused an explosion. He stated that the investigation is now closed but that the food truck was heavily damaged and will need to be removed from the area.

He also stated and attendees to the Lincoln County Fairgrounds should be able to resume their normal activities but conveyed his concern to those affected.

“It’s just an unfortunate incident,” he stated. “We are thankful for everyone’s help and those who responded to the scene.”

An account has been set up at the Bank of Star Valley to help the families with impending medical bills. The Bank of Star Valley has locations in Afton, Thayne and Alpine.

This story will continue to be updated as more information becomes available.

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