A woman who suffered second-degree burns in a fryer accident Saturday at Shady Maple Smorgasbord in East Earl Township is recovering.

"She's in fair condition and going through a full routine that they have in place for burn patients," at Crozer-Chester Medical Center in Delaware County, said Herb Noll, general manager of the smorgasbord.

Noll declined to identify either of the employees who were burned when the lid on a fryer cooking chicken under pressure opened, spewing hot oil and steam.

Noll said the unit didn't explode, as initial reports indicated.

"It was a case where the lid came open while the contents inside were still under pressure," he said.

The woman who was taken to Crozer-Chester suffered burns over a large part of her body, according to emergency dispatches.

Another woman who went to assist her coworker suffered burns on her hands, Noll said.

She was taken to Ephrata Community Hospital, where she was treated and released. 

A medical helicopter responded to the scene, at Toddy Drive and Springville Road, Saturday to pick up and transport the woman to Crozer-Chester Medical Center in Delaware County.



Cindy Stauffer is a Lancaster Newspapers staff writer. She can be reached at cstauffer@lnpnews.com or (717) 481-6024. You can also follow @cindystauffer on Twitter.