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Multiple injuries in Superior refinery explosion

Multiple injuries in Superior refinery explosion

At approximately 10:06 a.m. today (Thursday) Superior Fire Department responded to a report of an explosion at Husky Refinery in Superior.

Panger says the fire was out by 11:20 a.m.

Superior Fire Battalion Chief Scott Gordon says the department is waiting for reinforcements. The other nine injuries are not life-threatening, she said.

The Coast Guard is monitoring the situation and in contact with federal, state and local partners.

Kolobov says that evacuees are being staged at a mall in Duluth until the evacuation is lifted.

"You can still smell a real caustic smell in the air", said Sara Haugen, owner of Pudge's in Superior, located about 135 miles from Minneapolis, Minnesota.

At a 3 p.m. news conference, Paine said everyone within a 3-mile radius of the refinery should evacuate and stay out.

City and county officials also said that everyone who lived or worked within 10 miles south of the fire also should evacuate due to the potentially toxic nature of the spreading smoke plume.

Superior Police Chief Nick Alexander said the fires could burn for at least two days, and officials said firefighters were monitoring the fire and standing by for the appropriate opportunity to put it out safely.




A contractor who was inside the building told WDIO-TV that the explosion sounded like "a sonic boom".

Five patients were taken to Essentia Health in Superior and five more to Essentia Health in Duluth.

Essentia Health-St. Mary's Hospital in Superior was evacuated as a precaution and all Essentia facilities in Superior are closed because of the explosion.

Eleven of the injured are being treated at hospitals in the region.

Police blocked roads around the refinery in Superior, which is home to about 27,000 people and borders Minnesota to the north and the tip of Lake Superior.

The explosion happened at 10 o'clock at the Husky Energy refinery. Emergency crews are on site and all workers have been accounted for. The event, which has come to be known as "Toxic Tuesday" among many locals, forced the evacuation of almost 30,000 people from the city.

Husky Energy of Calgary, Alberta, bought the refinery past year for $492 million.

The refinery, which can process up to 38,000 barrels of oil a day, had additional workers on site preparing for a plant-wide overhaul, he said.

The trouble at the Superior refinery comes as U.S. demand for gasoline has reached an all-time high, sending pump prices steadily higher, according to travel organization AAA, citing U.S. Energy Information Administration data.

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