NATION : Tornado Relief Truck Explodes

<i> From Times Wire Services</i>

A mobile kitchen in a truck trailer sent to help victims of this week’s tornadoes exploded and caught fire today, injuring four workers, one of them critically, police said.

The explosion occurred when a propane tank overflowed while being filled from a second truck. The fuel was ignited by a flame from a stove in the mobile kitchen, Fire Chief George Plese said. “We had a very dangerous situation,” Plese said.

The kitchen was being used to serve food to relief workers in the area about 30 miles southwest of Chicago after a series of devastating tornadoes Tuesday that left 24 people dead and injured hundreds of others.