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ANOTHER ONE: Fire at Ohio BP Refinery, Two Dead (WATCH)


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A fire broke out Tuesday night at the BP-Husky Toledo refinery in Oregon, Ohio.

The refinery has been shut down after two people lost their lives in the fire at the facility.

Around 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Lucas County Regional Dispatch received reports of injuries at the refinery located in the 4100 block of Cedar Point Road in Oregon, Ohio.

“Representatives of BP confirmed that two people were killed after sustaining injuries in the fire,” local reports stated.

“It is with deep sadness we report that two BP staff injured in a fire at the BP Husky Toledo Refinery have passed away,” refinery officials said in an announcement Wednesday.

“Our thoughts are with the families and loved ones of these two individuals. All other staff is accounted for and our employee assistance team is on site in Toledo to support our employees impacted by this tragedy.”

The cause of the incident is still unknown.

A number of witnesses have described the incident as an “explosion.”

WATCH:

From WTOL 11:

At least two people were badly burned, the family of the injured refinery workers confirmed to WTOL 11.

Chris Howard was waiting to hear from his father who works at the plant Tuesday night. He received a phone call around 7 p.m. from a friend who works security at the refinery.

“He said it was like some sort of explosion,” Howard said. “He told me there was just a big rumble at the refinery, lots of fire everywhere. He said it’s the worst he’s seen. Lots of people injured.”

Lucas County Regional Dispatch confirmed that EMS responded to the scene and to reports of injuries. Dispatch was unable to say how many people were potentially hurt or how serious the injuries may be.

The Gateway Pundit noted:

According to BP Refinery’s website, BP-Husky Toledo refinery has been a cornerstone of the Ohio economy for more than 100 years, supplying fuel to the Midwest, supporting thousands of jobs, and investing in the community.

  • The bp-Husky Toledo refinery can process up to 160,000 barrels of crude oil each day, providing the Midwest with gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, propane, asphalt, and other products.
  • On a daily basis, the refinery produces 3.8 million gallons of gasoline, 1.3 million gallons of diesel fuel and 600,000 gallons of jet fuel.
  • bp’s retail presence in Ohio includes more than 500 retail locations.

Recall that the Environmental Protection Agency temporarily lifted a federal rule for fuel sales in four states in response to a recent fire at an Indiana oil refinery that could affect prices and supply.

BREAKING: Emergency Declared in Four States Following Oil Refinery Fire in Indiana

“As part of the Federal Government’s response to a fire and shutdown at the BP Whiting Refinery in Whiting, Indiana, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Michael Regan today issued an emergency fuel waiver to help alleviate fuel shortages in four states whose supply of gasoline has been impacted by the refinery shutdown,” EPA said in a statement.

The massive fire coincides with record gas and diesel prices under Joe Biden. 



 

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