Friday, April 2, 2010

Tesoro Anacortes refinery fire

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 north of Seattle on Puget Sound, at about 12:30 a.m., the company said. The blaze occurred while maintenance work was being performed and was extinguished in about 90 minutes.

Four employees are hospitalized with major burns over the majority of their bodies. Susan Gregg-Hanson, a spokeswoman for Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, said they are two women, 29 and 36, and two men 34 and 41.

The Tesoro Anacortes refinery fire is the deadliest accident involving production at a U.S. refinery since the BP (BP.L) Texas City explosion on March 23, 2005 in which 15 workers were killed and 180 others injured.

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