Police on Monday identified the father and son who were severely burned Sunday in a food trailer fire outside an East Hempfield Township hotel.
Christopher Gage, 55, and his son Ryan Gage, 25, both of Bowmansville, were listed in critical but stable condition at Crozer-Chester Medical Center in Delaware County Monday afternoon, East Hempfield Township Police said.
Both men are chefs at Bowmansville-based Garofalo’s Calabria Old World Italian Cuisine. They were injured and suffered burns from an explosion at their food trailer in the back parking lot of Comfort Suites Manheim, 543 Champ Blvd., early Sunday afternoon.
A post on the Garofalo’s Calabria Facebook page Monday afternoon stated Ryan suffered burns on 28 percent of his body from the blast, while Christopher had about 40 percent burn coverage.
Initial dispatch reports indicated the fire started when one of the trailer’s propane tanks exploded, although state police said Monday the cause remained undetermined.
The Gages had their food trailer parked at the Comfort Suite Saturday overnight into Sunday where they were preparing for another event Sunday evening at the Lancaster Polo Club in Lititz, police said.
The food trailer involved in the explosion had been in use for about a year and a half, according to Holly Gage, wife and mother to the burn victims.
She credited an employee at Comfort Suites Manheim with saving Christopher’s life by helping extinguish the fire.
Jacques Abreu, general manager at Comfort Suites Manheim, identified the hotel employee as Steve Brewer, of Lancaster.
Brewer, a Marine, helped the two men as they were on fire and suffered burns of his own in the process, Abreu said.
A manager at Comfort Suites, Brewer was assisted by EMS at the scene and back to work Monday, Brewer added.
“We’re very proud of our team for helping the way that they did,” Abreu said, “(but) our hearts definitely grieve for the family. We wish (the burn victims) a speedy recovery.”