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3 dead, 4 hurt in blast, fire at US refinery

3 dead, 4 hurt in blast, fire at US refinery

An explosion and fire at a Washington state oil refinery shook homes and shot flames into the night sky early Friday, killing three people and critically injuring four others.
The fire struck the Tesoro Corp. refinery in Anacortes, about 70 miles (112 kilometers) north of Seattle, at about 12:30 a.m., the company said in a statement. The blaze occurred at the naphtha unit while maintenance work was being performed and was extinguished in about 90 minutes, the company said. The naphtha unit is a step in refining crude oil into gasoline and other fuels.
Four employees are hospitalized with major burns over the majority of the bodies. Susan Gregg-Hanson, a spokeswoman for Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, said they are two women, ages 29 and 36, and two men, ages 34 and 41.
Nearby residents, some five miles (eight kilometers) from the complex, called Washington TV stations after midnight with reports of an explosion, saying flames were being blown by high winds.
Tesoro human resources manager John McDarment told The Associated Press he didn't know exactly how the fire started.
San Antonio-based Tesoro Corp. is an independent refiner and marketer of petroleum products. The Anacortes refinery can refine about 120,000 barrels of crude daily, primarily into gasoline, jet fuel and diesel to markets in Washington and Oregon, according to the company.


Updated : 2021-06-15 18:58 GMT+08:00