STAR VALLEY, Wyo. — A tightknit Star Valley community continues to come to the aid of burn victims following a horrific food truck fire at the Lincoln County Fair earlier this month.
Anthyn Titensor and Teylor Dunn were severely injured in a propane explosion on Monday, August 3 in the Cowboy Cookin’ Kitchen and Catering food trailer parked at the fair. An investigation revealed a build-up of propane caused the blast when the employees went to light a pilot.
The trailer, owned by Linda Hillyard, was a total loss.
Titensor was life-flighted to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center with extensive burns. Dunn was in worse shape. She was life-flighted to University of Utah Hospital. Titensor has since returned home to recover. Both have a long road to recovery ahead of them, with extended hospital stays, multiple surgeries, and painful skin grafts.
A third youth, Treyson Clark, was also injured in the blast to a lesser degree.
What happened in the following weeks is pure Star Valley, where everyone knows everyone and all are quick to help out a neighbor.
Word got out that Titensor had a pig up for auction at the 4H/FFA Livestock Sale. With his sister showing the swine, bidding was furious. The pig sold for a record high amount. The buyer then donated back to be auctioned off again. Three times the pig was sold, eventually fetching close to $10,000.
Meanwhile, other kids in the 4H program declared their intent to donate a portion of their proceeds at the auction to Titensor and Dunn. That amount has reached $35,000 and they’re still counting.
Other food vendors donated a portion of their proceeds for the remainder of the fair.
Outlaw T’s quickly came up with a “Teylor Tough, Anthyn Strong” t-shirt. Those items are sold at $15 with 100% of the profits going to the two families.
Three separate accounts have been established at Bank of Star Valley for Teylor, Anthyn, and Linda.
A GoFundMe campaign has exceeded its original goal of $30k, with the total now at $37,935.
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