Father and son badly burned in East Valinda cooking accident

EAST VALINDA — Two men suffered serious burns Wednesday when they lit a barbecue next to the gas tank of a car they were repairing, officials said.
The accident was reported about 10:50 a.m. in the 17400 block of Salais Street, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Raymond Enriquez said.
A 28-year-old man and his 56-year-old father, both local residents, were working on the gas tank of a 1992 Honda Accord prior to the accident, the lieutenant said.
“While they were working on the gas tank, they decided to grill some carne asada,” Enriquez said.
The flame from the barbecue in close proximity to the gas caused a “flash burn,” he said, which was reported by passersy-by.
Deputies initially found nothing when they checked the area, Enriquez said. About 20 minutes later, a woman called from a nearby home asking for help.
Officials found the father and son sitting on the sofa in the home, both badly burned.
The son suffered burns over about 70 percent of his body, Enriquez said. He was initially taken to Citrus Valley Medical Center — Queen of the Valley Campus, but then flown by helicopter to a burn center.
The father suffered burns over 30 to 40 percent of his body and was hospitalized at Queen of the Valley. 

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