3 People Burned in Food Tent at Pennsylvania Festival

September 9, 2013

Three women serving Malaysian cuisine were burned Saturday in a cooking accident at a street festival in eastern Pennsylvania.

The women were working in a food tent at VegFest in Bethlehem when a fire broke out, setting the tent ablaze. Witnesses described hearing what sounded like a gunshot before seeing flames shoot 12 feet into the air.

“We saw a woman go running by. She had flames on her shirt,” Ty Carpenter, who was staffing the beer tent on the opposite side of the food court, told The Express-Times of Easton.

The women were taken to a burn center for treatment of first- and second-degree burns.

Bethlehem Fire Department officials are investigating the cause, but said the women were cooking with gas from a propane tank. The food tent belonged to Jenny’s Kuali, a Malaysian cuisine restaurant in Bethlehem.

VegFest, a festival featuring a farmers market, crafts and vegetarian foods, went on as scheduled.

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