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BBQ explosion at Bunnings sausage sizzle

BBQ fire at the Bunnings store at Adelaide Airport. Picture 7News
BBQ fire at the Bunnings store at Adelaide Airport. Picture 7News

A couple has been rushed to hospital after a barbecue erupted in flames outside a Bunnings sausage sizzle.

The incident unfolded at an Bunnings Warehouse at the Adelaide Airport precinct at 12.30pm on Saturday.

According to 9News the barbecue caught alight after a woman, who was volunteering at the site, fainted, knocking over the gas bottle causing it to catch alight.

BBQ fire at the Bunnings store at Adelaide Airport. Picture 7News
BBQ fire at the Bunnings store at Adelaide Airport. Picture 7News
The fire is believed to have started after the gas bottle was knocked over. Picture: 9NEWS
The fire is believed to have started after the gas bottle was knocked over. Picture: 9NEWS

The woman was taken to Royal Adelaide Hospital with serious burns to her face.

Her husband, who was injured while pulling his wife to safety, was taken to hospital for minor burns.

A woman was taken to hospital with burns to her face. Picture: 9NEWS
A woman was taken to hospital with burns to her face. Picture: 9NEWS

“She fell on the floor, and next minute it went boom,” witness Ernie Reichstein told 9News.

Images from the scene show large plumes of smoke surrounding the barbecue.

A nearby car was also damaged during the ordeal.

In a statement, Bunnings said some volunteers sustained injuries at the community sausage sizzle.

“Our team and a customer acted quickly to contain a fire using nearby extinguishers.

“The safety of our team, customers and volunteers is our absolute priority and we thank them for the calm and professional way they managed the situation.

“We also thank the local emergency services for their fast response.”

Police will continue to investigate the cause of the fire.