At least 15 Injuries in Superior Explosion; Fire Still Active



Authorities said late Thursday that the fire at the Husky Energy oil refinery was out.

Local media said at least 15 people were injured but no fatalities were reported.

ImagThe cause of the blasts are not yet known.

As a precautionary measure, local officials ordered all residents within a three-mile radius around the refinery to evacuate. He said the immediate area of the explosion and the ensuring asphalt fire remained "very hot" on Friday, and that fire crews on loan from nearby Duluth, Minnesota, were still mopping up.

Police confirmed on Twitter that the fire at the Superior oil refinery reignited after initially being put out.

Authorities say a smoky refinery fire that forced many residents of Superior, Wisconsin, to evacuate is out. Authorities said Thursday evening that the fire has been extinguished. No deaths were reported, and officials said all workers had been accounted for. Others were treated on site.

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The Essentia Health system said that its hospitals and care centers in the area saw 16 patients as a result of the incident, including some refinery workers but also several residents who were treated and released for minor, evacuation-related injuries. This will encompass the neighborhoods of South Superior, East End, Allouez and Itasca and south to Douglas County Highway B. Great Lakes Elementary School, the Superior Middle School, Northern Lights Elementary School will be effected.

At least 11 people were hurt in the explosion, one seriously.

The blast at the oil refinery happened at about 10 a.m. At the time of the explosion, crews were in the process of shutting down the refinery so that repairs could be made to the decades-old facility. Refresh your page to make sure you are seeing the most current information. He said about 165 Husky employees are typically on site. From there, they can pass directly into a person's bloodstream, said Neil Carman, a former refinery inspector for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, now with the Sierra Club.

No damage estimate was available.

About 50,000 barrels - or 2.3 million gallons - of oil per day can be processed at the refinery, located at 2407 Stinson Ave.

Calgary-based Husky Energy bought the refinery from Indianapolis-based Calumet Specialty Products Partners a year ago for more than $490 million. It had two asphalt terminals, two product terminals, a marine terminal, 3.6 million barrels of crude and product storage, and a fuels and asphalt marketing business.

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