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UPDATE: Superior Refinery Fire Reignites after Explosion Causes Multiple Injuries, No Fatalities

UPDATE: Superior Refinery Fire Reignites after Explosion Causes Multiple Injuries, No Fatalities

April 26, 2018 05:35 PM

(KSTP) - Superior Fire Department and other agencies responded to a reported explosion at the Husky Refinery near Duluth Thursday. While the fire was put out, it reignited after noon, and authorities are asking people to avoid the area.

Initially, the fire department reported at least 20 were injured, and the department later said at least five were transported. There were no fatalities reported. 

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The call came in at 10:06 a.m., according to Superior Fire Department Chief Steve Panger.

Hubbard sister station WDIO reports smoke could be seen in the distance. Roads were blocked off around the refinery, and employees were evacuated.

Later Thursday afternoon, the Superior Police Department reported the fire had reignited, however no new evacuation order was issued.

Husky purchased the refinery last year from Calumet last year.  The Duluth News Tribune reported at that time that the refinery, which is the only one in Wisconsin, had about 180 employees.

Panger did not know the severity of the injuries. He said the fire is reportedly out. 

Panger added the explosion was reportedly from a small tank explosion, and the product is believed to be crude or asphalt.

Husky issued the following statement: 

Husky Energy is responding to a fire at its Superior Refinery located in Superior, Wisconsin.

Emergency crews are on site and all workers have been accounted for. Husky’s first priority is the safety of its people, the community and emergency responders. There are injuries, which are being treated at hospital and on site.

Regulatory authorities have been notified. Local air quality is being monitored. There is no danger to the public or local residents at this time.

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