VIDEO: Ravenshoe Cafe Explosion Captured on CCTV
Twenty people remain in hospital after a freak gas explosion at a far north Queensland cafe.
An out-of-control four-wheel-drive utility ploughed into gas cylinders at the Serves You Right Cafe in the small community of Ravenshoe, southwest of Cairns, during the lunchtime rush on Tuesday afternoon, causing them to explode.
Twenty people were in the cafe at the time, many of whom suffered severe burns. A Queensland Health spokesman says six people, including an 82-year-old woman, have been transferred to the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital's intensive care burns unit.
"A further two people will be transferred today and are expected to arrive in the early afternoon," the spokesman said. "These people all remain in a critical condition."
He said 20 people in total remained in hospitals across the state, including in Cairns, Atherton and Townsville. Ravenshoe Chamber of Commerce member Ken Jack said the community was still reeling from the incident.
"If you didn't know someone in the cafe, you were someone who was helping someone in the street," Mr Jack told AAP.
"We still don't have the list of who was injured, but everyone is totally affected because they helped or know someone involved.
"I hate to say it was a bomb scene, but people were lying in the street with the local bank manager over them, helping them."
He said the chamber has started a fundraising campaign to help the burns victims' long road to recovery.
Mr Jack said while the tight-knit community was generous and helped out where it could, most residents could afford to help the victims and their families travel to Brisbane for treatment.
"This is going to be a long, hard road," Mr Jack said.
"We thought the best way to help would be to focus on their long-term recovery - burns are horrible and take a long time to heal." Mr Jack said people could donate to victims on the GIVIT website.
Queensland's chief health officer Dr Jeannette Young will provide an update on the burns victims in intensive care later on Thursday.