Food truck manager burned in Friday morning explosion

Update: 7:30 pm Friday evening:

A woman burned in a food truck explosion Friday morning has been flown to a burn center in Georgia, where she is recovering.

Chrissy Brady, the manager of the food truck, was preparing to take the truck to an event in Lynn Haven when it exploded. The truck is used by the British Eatery in Panama City and the British Pedlar in Navarre, both of which are owned by Michael Blois.

Blois, who is in contact with Bradys family at the hospital, said he received reports Friday evening that she was acting like her “sassy self” and that the burns were limited to less than 30 percent of her body.

She is scheduled for surgery Saturday morning.

The truck was damaged by the explosion, but Bloise said Friday morning that all he cared about was Brady’s welfare.

She was apparently lighting the pilot when the explosion occurred.

Blois took over the former Templerey’s last month after its owner could not get his business visa renewed due to COVID concerns. He renamed it the British Eatery.


Earlier on Friday:

The food truck associated with the British Pedlar in Navarre and the British Eatery in Panama City was damaged Friday morning in an explosion.

Chrissy Brady, the manager of the British Eatery, was injured in the 9:30 explosion and is at the hospital now, according to owner Michael Blois. She was getting ready to take the truck to an event in Lynn Haven when she lit the pilot light, which triggered the explosion.

“I’m more worried about Chrissy,” Bloise said about 90 minutes after the 9:30 a.m. accident. “I don’t care about the truck. It’s replaceable. She isn’t.”

Late Friday morning, Brady was flown to a burn hospital in Augusta, Georgia.

Bloise said he wasn’t sure how it happened or whether they would ever know exactly. The truck will be out of commission for the near future. He said there might have been a gas leak or someone may have left the gas on the night before.

His focus is on the welfare of his employee, he said.

Bloise purchased the Panama City location and renamed in last month after the owner was unable to get his business visa renewed due to COVID-19 restrictions.

The food truck sets up at various locations in Northwest Florida.

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