LIVINGSTON, TX (KTRE) - In a statement from Church's Chicken, company officials said their thoughts and prayers are with the three employees of the chain's restaurant in Livingston injured when the floor collapsed Monday night.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the employees and their families who were impacted by an unfortunate incident in a franchise location in Livingston, Texas," the statement said. "The Church's Partners Foundation will provide some immediate support to the families. We are working closely with the franchisee who is working with the authorities to determine the cause of the accident."
The statement also said that, at this time, company officials do not know when the Church's Chicken in Livingston will re-open.
According to the Livingston police report, the three women, who are all employees of the Church's Chicken restaurant, suffered the burns after chicken fryers collapsed when the floor did, pouring hot grease on them.
The report states two of the women managed to climb out of the hole, which was between two and three feet deep. The third woman suffered serious burns and had to be helped out by a customer.
Police responded to a possible fire at 6:25 p.m. Monday at the restaurant, located at 210 N. Washington Ave. When they arrived, they saw everyone was outside the restaurant and the inside was full of smoke.
One of the women was taken to a Livingston hospital and the other two were flown to a Houston hospital. Their names and conditions have not yet been released.
Lt. Matt Parish, a spokesman for the Livingston Police Department, said Tuesday that one woman is still in critical condition and is believed to have third-degree burns on about 75 percent of her body.
The Livingston Fire Department is investigating the cause of the collapse.