Two injured when gas cooker exploded Fairy Bower property

TRAGIC EXPLOSION: Emergency services respond to a barbecue explosion at a Fogarty Rd property.
TRAGIC EXPLOSION: Emergency services respond to a barbecue explosion at a Fogarty Rd property. Allan Reinikka Rokafogarty

UPDATE SUNDAY 11AM: The man who was airlifted to the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital on Friday night is currently in a stable condition. 


UPDATE SATURDAY 11AM: One man is being treated for burns at the Royal Brisbane Hospital following a gas cooker explosion in Fairy Bower. 

He was flown to Brisbane overnight. 

A second man who was also caught up in the accident has been released from Rockhampton Hospital.


FRIDAY: ONE man has been left with serious burns after a gas cooker exploded at a Fairy Bower property yesterday morning.

He was one of two taken to Rockhampton Hospital by ambulance after the accident, which happened at 11.15am at a vacant property on Fogarty Rd.

An ambulance spokesperson said both men were suffering from facial burns.

Yesterday afternoon, a hospital spokesperson said one man was in a serious condition, while the other was stable.

Police have not yet been able to confirm the ages of the injured men, but it is believed they were at the property for a speedway motorbike training session.

Three-time speedway world champion, World Cup winner and former world under-21 champion Jason Crump is believed to be involved with the two-day solo riding school.

Crump had competed at a Rockhampton speedway event in July.

A club source said one of the men had suffered burns to more than 50% of his body and may be transported to Brisbane for further treatment.

They said no bikes were involved in the incident.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services are investigating the cause of the explosion, but a police spokesperson said a small gas burner powered by butane cartridges was involved.

The spokesperson said QFES would investigate whether the particular device was the subject of a Product Safety Recall.

Workplace Health and Safety investigators were initially called to the site.

But the police spokesperson said the accident happened on a vacant block beside a workplace and would not require investigation.

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