Dad sues Lancaster restaurant where kids allegedly drank lye

Written by The Associated Press | Sep 8, 2017 10:56 AM


(Lancaster) -- A midstate man has sued a Chinese buffet where he contends his two young children's mouths and throats were burned by caustic lye in their apple juice cups.

Star Buffet & Grill manager Steve Weng tells LNP he's turned the matter over to his insurance company and is "sorry about everything."

Richard Zaragoza Sr. and his 10-year-old son, Richard Jr., are the plaintiffs against the East Lampeter Township eatery.

Richard Jr. and his 4-year-old half-sister were burned when they drank the juice from foam cups on March 3.

Police investigated and determine there was no intentional act involved. Restaurant inspectors found lye at the restaurant that Weng has said was used to clean drains.

The lawsuit filed Thursday seeks unspecified damages, but Zaragoza's attorney says the parties are trying to reach a settlement.

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