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Gas explosion injures three at Mangrove Cafe on 5th Ave. South

Paul Carbone, service manager for Balgas Propane of Naples, adjusts the burners as he burns off any remaining propane in the line in the parking lot behind the Mangrove Cafe on Fifth Avenue South on Monday in downtown Naples. An explosion occurred when propane tanks were being filled behind the restaurant by a truck from Balgas. Three people were injured in the blast. Lexey Swall/Staff

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Paul Carbone, service manager for Balgas Propane of Naples, adjusts the burners as he burns off any remaining propane in the line in the parking lot behind the Mangrove Cafe on Fifth Avenue South on Monday in downtown Naples. An explosion occurred when propane tanks were being filled behind the restaurant by a truck from Balgas. Three people were injured in the blast. Lexey Swall/Staff

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  • Firefighters and EMS respond to a gas truck explosion at Mangrove Cafe on Fifth Avenue South in downtown Naples on Monday, January 10, 2011. Three people were injured in the explosion. Allie Garza/Staff
  • Firefighters and EMS respond to a gas truck explosion at Mangrove Cafe on Fifth Avenue South in downtown Naples on Monday, January 10, 2011. Three people were injured in the explosion. Allie Garza/Staff
  • Firefighters and EMS respond to a gas truck explosion at Mangrove Cafe on Fifth Avenue South in downtown Naples on Monday, January 10, 2011. Three people were injured in the explosion. Allie Garza/Staff
  • Firefighters and EMS respond to a gas truck explosion at Mangrove Cafe on Fifth Avenue South in downtown Naples on Monday, January 10, 2011. Three people were injured in the explosion. Allie Garza/Staff
  • Firefighters and EMS respond to a gas truck explosion at Mangrove Cafe on Fifth Avenue South in downtown Naples on Monday, January 10, 2011. Three people were injured in the explosion. Allie Garza/Staff
  • Firefighters and EMS respond to a gas truck explosion at Mangrove Cafe on Fifth Avenue South in downtown Naples on Monday, January 10, 2011. Three people were injured in the explosion. Allie Garza/Staff
  • Firefighters and EMS respond to a gas truck explosion at Mangrove Cafe on Fifth Avenue South in downtown Naples on Monday, January 10, 2011. Three people were injured in the explosion. Allie Garza/Staff
  • Firefighters and EMS respond to a gas truck explosion at Mangrove Cafe on Fifth Avenue South in downtown Naples on Monday, January 10, 2011. Three people were injured in the explosion. Allie Garza/Staff
  • Firefighters and EMS respond to a gas truck explosion at Mangrove Cafe on Fifth Avenue South in downtown Naples on Monday, January 10, 2011. Three people were injured in the explosion. Allie Garza/Staff
  • Firefighters and EMS respond to a gas truck explosion at Mangrove Cafe on Fifth Avenue South in downtown Naples on Monday, January 10, 2011. Three people were injured in the explosion. Allie Garza/Staff
  • Firefighters and EMS respond to a gas truck explosion at Mangrove Cafe on Fifth Avenue South in downtown Naples on Monday, January 10, 2011. Three people were injured in the explosion. Allie Garza/Staff
  • Firefighters and EMS respond to a gas truck explosion at Mangrove Cafe on Fifth Avenue South in downtown Naples on Monday, January 10, 2011. Three people were injured in the explosion. Allie Garza/Staff
  • Firefighters and EMS respond to a gas truck explosion at Mangrove Cafe on Fifth Avenue South in downtown Naples on Monday, January 10, 2011. Three people were injured in the explosion. Allie Garza/Staff
  • A pedestrian walking past the alley behind the Mangrove Cafe stops to watch firefighters work after a gas explosion sent three people to the hospital at the restaurant on Fifth Avenue South on Monday in downtown Naples. Propane tanks were being filled behind the restaurant by a truck from Balgas Propane of Naples when the blast occurred. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • The Mangrove Café Restaurant received heavy damage from a propane tank explosion Monday morning.  Three people were taken to hospitals for injuries sustained in the explosion.
  • The Mangrove Café Restaurant received heavy damage from a propane tank explosion Monday morning.  Three people were taken to hospitals for injuries sustained in the explosion.
  • A propane leak next to a running car proved to be an explosive combination Monday morning, sparking a flash fire that enveloped a Naples restaurant, knocking down walls, blowing out windows and sending three people to the hospital with serious burns. (Stephen R. McInerny II, Fire Chief, City of Naples Fire-Rescue Department)
  • A propane leak next to a running car proved to be an explosive combination Monday morning, sparking a flash fire that enveloped a Naples restaurant, knocking down walls, blowing out windows and sending three people to the hospital with serious burns. (Stephen R. McInerny II, Fire Chief, City of Naples Fire-Rescue Department)
  • A propane leak next to a running car proved to be an explosive combination Monday morning, sparking a flash fire that enveloped a Naples restaurant, knocking down walls, blowing out windows and sending three people to the hospital with serious burns. (Stephen R. McInerny II, Fire Chief, City of Naples Fire-Rescue Department)
  • A propane leak next to a running car proved to be an explosive combination Monday morning, sparking a flash fire that enveloped a Naples restaurant, knocking down walls, blowing out windows and sending three people to the hospital with serious burns. (Stephen R. McInerny II, Fire Chief, City of Naples Fire-Rescue Department)
  • Paul Carbone, service manager for Balgas Propane of Naples, waits as the remaining propane burns out of the line in the parking lot behind the Mangrove Cafe on Fifth Avenue South on Monday in downtown Naples. An explosion occurred when propane tanks were being filled behind the restaurant by a truck from Balgas. Three people were injured in the blast. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • Paul Carbone, service manager for Balgas Propane of Naples, adjusts the burners as he burns off any remaining propane in the line in the parking lot behind the Mangrove Cafe on Fifth Avenue South on Monday in downtown Naples. An explosion occurred when propane tanks were being filled behind the restaurant by a truck from Balgas. Three people were injured in the blast. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • City of Naples firefighters wait as the remaining propane burns out of the line in the parking lot behind the Mangrove Cafe on Fifth Avenue South on Monday in downtown Naples. An explosion occurred when propane tanks were being filled behind the restaurant by a truck from Balgas. Three people were injured in the blast. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • Paul Carbone, service manager for Balgas Propane of Naples, waits as the remaining propane burns out of the line in the parking lot behind the Mangrove Cafe on Fifth Avenue South on Monday in downtown Naples. An explosion occurred when propane tanks were being filled behind the restaurant by a truck from Balgas. Three people were injured in the blast. Lexey Swall/Staff

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