Gold Coast couple burned in gas explosion in new cafe receive heartwarming gesture

The community of a couple whose dreams of opening a cafe were shattered by a devastating gas explosion have expressed their support in a heartwarming gesture.

James Rutland, 26, and Jessica Horsley, 23, suffered severe burns to their faces, chest, arms and legs after a violent explosion blew out the glass doors of the cafe.

The Gold Coast couple had excitedly planned for the grand opening of the Local Harvest Café on August 2, when the violent blast happened.

James Rutland, 26, and Jessica Horsley, 23, (pictured) suffered severe burns to their faces, chest, arms and legs after a violent explosion blew out the glass doors of their new cafe

A gas cylinder exploded on the Energy Circuit grounds in Robina just after noon on Friday, with traumatized residents recalling the blast that shook the entire building

A gas cylinder exploded on the Energy Circuit grounds in Robina just after noon on Friday, with traumatized residents recalling the blast that shook the entire building

A gas cylinder exploded on the grounds of the Energy Circuit in Robina just after noon on Friday, with traumatized residents recalling the explosion that shook the entire building.

The devastating explosion broke brick walls, distorted windows and injured the couple, who were transported to the burns unit at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital.

Mr Rutland, a chef, remains in an artificial coma in intensive care while his devastated brother John GoFundMe page to help the couple get back on their feet.

“James is now in the ICU with severe burns in an artificial coma,” he wrote.

“We are raising money to help with their medical costs, their recovery and their daily expenses, as it will be a long way before they can go back to work.”

The fundraiser has already received more than $9,000 in donations, and the community shares their wishes for the beloved couple in the comments.

The devastating explosion broke brick walls, distorted windows and injured the couple, who were transported to the burns unit at the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital.

The devastating explosion broke brick walls, distorted windows and injured the couple, who were transported to the burns unit at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital.

Ms Horsley, a barista, posted to Instagram just hours before the explosion, hinting that the pair were busy preparing sweet treats in the cafe's kitchen.

Ms Horsley, a barista, posted to Instagram just hours before the explosion, hinting that the pair were busy preparing sweet treats in the cafe’s kitchen.

Ms Horsley, a barista, had celebrated the arrival of the cafe’s new logo just days before the devastating explosion and posted a photo on her Instagram page.

She posted another message a few hours before the tragic incident, hinting that the couple were busy preparing sweet treats in the cafe’s kitchen.

Ambulance personnel were called to the scene around 12:15 p.m. after a gas cylinder caused an explosion while the pair were testing equipment.

Witness Josh Waddell, who works on the same estate as the cafe, told Daily Mail Australia that the two people inside appeared to be badly burned.

“Everyone immediately ran out and tried to help them,” he said.

‘Happy the’ [Robina] police station is directly across the road,’ he said. “They came quickly to cover them with towels.”

Ambulance personnel were called to the scene around 12:15 p.m. after a gas cylinder caused an explosion while the pair were testing equipment

Ambulance personnel were called to the scene around 12:15 p.m. after a gas cylinder caused an explosion while the pair were testing equipment

Sergeant Matt Howard of neighboring Robina Police Station told the media that officers had crossed the road to enter the cafe and boldly turn out the gas can.

Sergeant Matt Howard of neighboring Robina Police Station told the media that officers had crossed the road to enter the cafe and boldly turn out the gas can.

A toll courier said he was about to enter the dead end to deliver a package to the building next to the cafe when he heard the explosion.

“It was just this incredibly loud bang and then the sound of glass hitting the concrete outside,” he said.

Valerie De Jersey heard the explosion and saw the cafe windows explode as she dropped her friend off at a nearby business.

“It happened as we drove in,” Ms De Jersey told The Courier Mail.

“I just got here and the window flew out, literally just blown out. They (the cafe owners) ran screaming for help and I ran over to see what I could do to help.

A GoFundMe page was set up by Mr. Rutland's brother, John, who asked the beloved couple's community for donations to support their long road to recovery

A GoFundMe page was set up by Mr. Rutland’s brother, John, who asked the beloved couple’s community for donations to support their long road to recovery

“The police ran to them and put towels and water on them. They were quite burnt and shaken.’

Sergeant Matt Howard of the neighboring police station told the media that officers had crossed the road to enter the cafe and boldly turned out the gas canister.

Traumatized residents were evacuated from the property while maintenance personnel checked nearby connections to ensure there were no further leaks.

‘A 26-year-old man and a 23-year-old woman were setting up…inside the kitchen [a] new coffee shop,” said Andre Gollop, spokesman for the Queensland Ambulance Service.

“When they were testing the gas system, they had a flash explosion and both the male and female occupants suffered quite significant burns to their arms, legs, torso and faces.”

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