Personal Injury Blog

DC Food Truck Fire Injures Three Workers

By: Matthew Tievsky

On November 16, 2016, a fire in a food truck parked in the area of George Washington University, injured the three employees who were working the truck. All three were rushed to the hospital and are expected to survive, although one employee suffered critical burns.

The truck, named Falafel Bus, was selling Mediterranean fare while parked on H Street NW between 21st and 22nd streets, in front of the Gelman Library. Falafel Bus was parked in a line of several other food trucks that are popular among George Washington students.

Following an investigation, the D.C. fire department has concluded that the fire actually began just outside the truck, then spread inside. One of the employees was refilling the truck’s gas generator, while the vehicle was running and food was being served. This violated D.C. fire regulations, which require that during refueling a food truck must be turned off and must not be selling food.

Although no George Washington students were hurt, students did start an online campaign which has raised $7,500 to help the injured workers. If you are injured as a result of an explosion or other preventable fire, please call a Washington DC personal injury lawyer at Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. The first consultation is always free.