An Abrakebabra Kebab Shop employee has been treated for second degree burns after a flash fire caused by the store’s deep fryer yesterday morning.
Snr Const Bradley Foster of Tweed Byron police said that soon after the man commenced work he turned on the deep fryer, which is regulated to heat up to a maximum of 180 degrees Celsius.
But a short time later the oil started smoking and he turned the fryer off.
He then went to another room to prepare food but, when he returned to the fryer, flames were leaping from it.
Snr Const Foster said the employee then used a Co2 fire extinguisher on the fryer, which initially suppressed the flame.
But as he turned around the oil caught alight again in a flash fire, spitting oil over him.
He suffered minor oil spot burns and fled from the shop, dousing himself with water.
Police arrived soon after, assisting the victim and evacuating the upstairs tenants.
Three Fire & Rescue NSW units attended and contained the fire to the fryer while police blocked Jonson Street southbound to vehicle and pedestrian traffic.
NSW Ambulance paramedics treated the victim before taking him to Byron Central Hospital, where he was treated for minor second degree burns and released this afternoon.
Police said the fire is not suspicious and the cause of the initial fryer fire is unknown.
But they added the subsequent flash fire is believed to have been due to the employee erroneously using a Co2 fire extinguisher instead of a fire blanket.
The interior of the shop received minor smoke and water damage.
Snr Const Foster said crime scene and fire investigators were not summoned due to the minor injury and nature of property damage.
At midday the scene was declared safe and released back to the owner.